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:

Florida, Pinellas County – The Board of County Commissioners has not taken action on proposed changes to the county animal ordinance and has asked for additional input from various groups. Provisions of the most recent proposal include defining a person who sells one litter of cats or dogs per year as a “pet dealer” and requiring compliance with kennel and breeder permitting requirements, zoning, and inspections. The proposal also seeks to strike a section of existing law which provides that when an animal is confined outdoors under the direct supervision of a responsible person at events such as dog or cat shows or field trials, the responsible person shall ensure sufficient water is provided to the animal in order to maintain normal hydration for the species of animal. This amendment would make it both a cruelty and neglect violation for a carefully supervised animal to be without water for any time period during an outdoor event, such as when temporarily crated ringside or confined for grooming.

Illinois, Montgomery County - The County is considering numerous changes to its animal control laws, including imposing a breeder permit on anyone who breeds dogs and cats. Several amendments have been proposed and the AKC and its Illinois federation are reviewing these changes. A vote is expected on November 15.

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.

North Carolina, Moore County The Moore County Animal Advisory Commission has proposed several changes to its animal control laws, including mandatory spay/neuter of all dogs in the county unless the owner possesses an intact animal permit. The AKC is assisting local fanciers in providing more effective alternatives.

Oklahoma, Tulsa The City of Tulsa is expected to soon consider more changes to its already extensive animal control laws. Current law already limits animal ownership, with vague exceptions for those who possess a hobbyist permit. AKC GR is working with local club members to communicate with city leadership and provide more positive alternatives to restrictive ordinance proposals.

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.