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:

Indiana, Hartford City A proposal has been presented to the Hartford City Council to impose a mandatory spay/neuter law for all dogs and cats in city limits.  Other proposed changes to city code include new regulations regarding leaving dogs in vehicles and tethering restrictions.  AKC GR and its Indiana federation are following this measure and will provide more information as it becomes available.

New Jersey, Fair Lawn – In August, the Fair Lawn Borough Council considered a proposal to ban the retail sale of pets from regulated breeders and to promote only the sale of pets sourced from shelter or rescue distributors. AKC GR wrote a letter of opposition and representatives of the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs appeared in opposition to the proposal, which was tabled.  AKC GR and its state federation continue to work with Fair Lawn officials to ensure that consumer choice is protected. 

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.

South Carolina, Simpsonville – The Simpsonville City Council Committee of the Whole discussed revisions to the city animal ordinance at a workshop meeting on August 23  Topics included possibly repealing the dog ban in Heritage Park and downtown Simpsonville, and rules for the new dog park.  Councilmember Elizabeth Braswell invited dog owners and members of the Greenville Kennel Club to attend and speak.  AKC GR will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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 proposed ordinance, including possible revisions to the most recent version, could be considered again at the September 12 commission meeting.