Local/Other: Issues at the City, County, and Metropolitan Levels, and in U.S. Territories

The AKC Government Relations Department is pleased to assist dog owners with canine legislation issues in their local communities, but we can't help unless we are aware of the proposal. Please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org when new laws are discussed or introduced in your city or county. We will provide you with resources and tools to help defend the rights of dog owners and support responsible dog ownership in your community. 

Here are some examples of the local issues currently being addressed by AKC GR:

Colorado, La Plata County – The county has proposed numerous changes to the animal control code, including changes to the dangerous dog, nuisance and barking dog, and veterinary regulations. AKC GR is closely reviewing the proposal and working with the Durango Kennel Club to address concerns. The proposal is scheduled for a hearing on December 13.

Florida, Miami-Dade County – Sponsors of a proposed ordinance to end the county’s “pit bull” ban pulled the measure from the agenda for the November 15, 2016 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. New legislation is being developed.

Louisiana, Ouachita Parish – Local fanciers have reported that the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter Citizens’ Advisory Committee is likely to recommend a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance to the Parish’s Police Jury. The AKC and a multitude of organizations oppose mandatory spay/neuter.  AKC GR continues to work with local fanciers in opposition to this issue.

Tennessee, Montgomery County The Montgomery County council is considering extensive changes to the county animal control ordinance. Among these are pet licensing with higher fees for unaltered dogs, breeder licensing, and restrictions on kenneling and tethering. The proposal remains in committee pending revisions.