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Local Issues April 2022

Issues at the City, County, and Metropolitan Levels, and in US Territories

The AKC Government Relations Department is pleased to assist dog owners with canine legislation issues in their local communities, but we can’t help unless we are aware of the proposal. Please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or when new laws are discussed or introduced in your city or county. We will provide you with resources and tools to help defend the rights of dog owners and support responsible dog ownership in your community.

Here are some examples of the local issues currently being addressed by AKC GR:

AL, Montgomery – A vague and overreaching proposed animal ordinance that, among other problematic provisions, would require a special permit to breed, buy, sell, raise, offer training for, or board animals, was discussed at the April 5th city council meeting and rolled forward to the April 19th meeting. Read AKC’s most recent alert on this issue.

VA, Fauquier County – The county is considering a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment as it relates to breeding kennels.  Current law requires a zoning permit for any breeding activity.  The amendment exempts from the definition of kennel “a person who breed not more than one (1) companion animal not more than one (1) time per calendar year”.  This change would bring the zoning ordinance in line with the exist County Code requirement for obtaining a dealer license.  It would allow one litter as a by-right permitted use without the need for additional permitting.  Additionally, it adds a streamlined Administrative Permit process that would permit up to 4 litters per calendar year for a one-time fee of $75 fee, remain valid as long as you continue to operate as approved, and serve as zoning approval for animal control. The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on April 14, 2022.   AKC GR will continue to provide information as it is available. Read more.