The West Virginia House of Representatives has passed an amended version of House Bill 2883, which seeks to limit dog ownership and restrict breeding. The bill now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is imperative that all responsible dog owners and breeders in West Virginia contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote “no” on HB 2883. View the list of committee members here, and click on their names for their contact information.
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Read the AKC’s letter to the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee.
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.
House Bill 2883 provides for licensing and care requirements for all "commercial dog breeder", defined as anyone who meets all of the following criteria:
All licensees would be subject to inspection at least twice a year. Five days’ notice would be given prior to the inspection. Those licensed by the USDA would not be exempt. Only those who hold an occupational permit and have registered a greyhound kennel name with the West Virginia Racing Commission would be exempt from this bill.
The AKC is gravely concerned by a number of provisions in this bill including:
The AKC Government Relations Department will provide more information as it becomes available. Contact us at (919) 816-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.