MA to Consider Changes to Kennel Definition on July 19

A Massachusetts legislative committee will consider a bill on July 19 to significantly change the...

A Massachusetts legislative committee will consider a bill on July 19 to significantly change the definition of kennel to encompass training facilities or any dog event with more than 12 dogs. 

 

All those meeting the new criteria would be required to comply with all state and local licensing and other regulations currently reserved just for large kennels.

 

Responsible dog owners and trainers are encouraged to attend the July 19 hearing and to contact the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure to express concerns with this legislation.  Scroll down for hearing and contact information.

 

Summary:

House Bill 1023 would change the definition of kennel to exempt “daytime only services such as dog grooming, dog training, supervised playtime and dog walking with no more than twelve dogs on a single premises.” 

While the AKC appreciates the sponsor’s attempt to exempt certain services, the bill actually expands the definition to include activities and services that are not currently considered a kennel.  This would mean that any daytime activity where more than twelve dogs are present (including dog shows, training facilities, companion events, etc.) would now be considered a kennel and required to comply with all state and local kennel licensing and regulations.

Read the AKC’s letter to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

 

How You Can Help:

  • Attend the committee hearing on July 19.  The meeting information is as follows:

    Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure
    Date: July 19, 2011
    Time: 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Massachusetts State House, Room A-2

 

The AKC will continue to closely monitor this legislation.  For questions or more information, contact the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners at info@massfeddogs.org or the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.