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Ask Oklahoma House to Support Changes to State Breeder Laws

(Sunday, April 22, 2012)

Oklahoma Senate Bill 1919 as amended by the House Agriculture, Wildlife and Environment Committee makes several positive changes to the state’s commercial pet breeder law and could be scheduled for a vote by the full House as early as Monday, April 23.

Responsible dog owners and breeders in Oklahoma are encouraged to contact their state House member and respectfully ask them to support Senate Bill 1919 as currently written with all amendments intact. Click here to find the contact information for your state representative (Be sure to contact your state, rather than your federal representative). When contacting your representative, make sure to mention that you are a constituent.

Summary:

The Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Act passed in 2010 has resulted in many enforcement and compliance challenges. Senate Bill 1919 was amended by the House Agriculture, Wildlife and Environment Committee to be virtually identical to House Bill 2921. While these bills do not address every concern with the current law, they do make many positive changes. These changes include dissolving the controversial Commercial Pet Breeder Board and placing oversight with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, as well as clarifying the definitions of “adult dog” and “intact female”.

Read AKC’s letter to the Oklahoma House of Representatives expressing support for Senate Bill 1919 as currently written.

Read AKC’s previous Legislative Alert for more information on HB 2921.
The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org; or contact Dr. Denise Travis of the Oklahoma Animal Interest Alliance (AKC’s Oklahoma state federation) at dogdoc88@flash.net.