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New Orleans Alert: Committee to Consider Ordinance Harmful to Dog Shows on Monday, March 4

(Friday, March 01, 2013)

The Governmental Affairs Committee of the New Orleans City Council is again scheduled to consider proposed changes to the city’s animal ordinance at its meeting on Monday, March 4, 2013. It is imperative that concerned residents contact the members of the Governmental Affairs Committee before Monday and respectfully express your concerns.

Amendments to the proposal are expected to be introduced at Monday’s meeting, although those amendments are not expected to address several of the AKC’s concerns, which include changing the definition of “exhibition” to include conformation shows and other AKC-sanctioned events. (Sec. 18-86.) The AKC believes that, when considered with other aspects of the proposal, this change will effectively prohibit AKC clubs from conducting future events in New Orleans. Specifically, as a result of the changed definition of “exhibition”, dog clubs would now be required to obtain a permit from the city for their events (Sec. 18-111.); and would be required by Sec. 18-122(5)(a) to provide, prior to the issuance of the exhibition permit, “veterinary health certificates from a certified veterinarian issued prior to performance dates...” for each dog entered. Because dogs that compete in AKC shows are owned by individual owners that often come from outside of the immediate area, it would not be possible for clubs to comply with this requirement.

To ensure that both dog fanciers and enthusiasts can continue to enjoy New Orleans as an AKC event destination, and the City can benefit from the economic impact of AKC events, it is imperative that concerned fanciers and enthusiasts in the area urge the Governmental Affairs Committee members to remove this proposed requirement.

Additionally, to make New Orleans more hospitable to future dog events, Sec. 18-201 (that currently exempts cats passing through the city or exhibited at animal shows from city laws regarding licensing, impoundment, dangerous or vicious animals, or spaying and neutering requirements) should be extended to dog passing through the city or exhibited at dog events.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL’S GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

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Councilwoman Susan G. Guidry, Committee Chair (Ordinance Sponsor)
City Hall, Room 2W80
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1010
Fax: (504) 658-1016
sgguidry@nola.gov

Councilwoman Kristen Gisleson Palmer
City Hall, Room 2W70
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1030
Fax: (504) 658-1037
kgpalmer@nola.gov

Councilwoman Stacy Head
City Hall, Room 2W40
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1060
Fax: (504) 658-1068
shead@nola.gov

Concerned residents are also encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting of the Governmental Affairs Committee. The meeting is scheduled for 10 A.M., and will be held in the City Council Chambers at 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.

The AKC Government Relations Department will continue to report developments as they warrant. For more information, contact the Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.

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