WV Victory: HB 2883 Does Not Advance
Thanks to the numerous phone calls and e-mails generated by local AKC clubs and concerned breeders, the West Virginia Legislature has adjourned without taking further action on House Bill 2883, a bill that would have limited dog ownership and restricted breeding.
The AKC strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs, including providing an adequate and nutritious diet, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsive human companionship and training in appropriate behavior. We also support current West Virginia law, which, among other provisions, makes it unlawful for anyone to withhold proper sustenance, protective shelter and medical treatment.
As written, however, HB 2883 limited dog ownership and would have created many new, arbitrary and expensive regulations for dog breeders. Read the AKC’s letter to the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee, which outlined our concerns with this bill.
This bill will likely return next session, and there were other dog-related measures introduced this year in West Virginia that did not gain traction. Several clubs and breeders have expressed an interest in forming an AKC federation for West Virginia, in order to have a united coalition to address canine legislation. If you or your club would be interested in helping form an AKC federation for West Virginia, please contact the AKC Government Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.