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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – An ad hoc committee of the Montgomery City Council is recommending changes to the city animal ordinance. Discussion has included a permit for breeding animals with costs ranging from $20 to $150, along with requirements for a business license, insurance, and veterinary records for all animals. Provisions regarding vicious animals, at large animals, animal housing requirements, cruelty penalties, among other topics. The committee will meet again on December 20 prior to consideration by the full council. Read AKC’s alert regarding the initial committee meeting.
IA, Muscatine – The city of Muscatine, Iowa is considering changes to an existing ban on the keeping of pit bulls.. The city council heard testimony and took public comments in late October and discussions will be ongoing. AKC urged city council to repeal the ban on keeping of certain dog breeds that has been in effect since 2003. Read more.
KY, Louisville/Jefferson County – a proposed animal ordinance that includes licensing and inspections for “residential breeders” (defined as an entity, organization, or person who breeds, sells or transfers more than one dog, cat, or ferret within a 12month period that was raised on or sold/transferred from property intended for residential use), mandatory microchipping and pet licensing, and required reporting of all transfers of ownership of licensed animals remains held in the Public Safety Committee.
KY, Henderson County – Amendments to the county animal ordinance were discussed at a special called meeting of the Henderson County (KY) Fiscal Court on in August. Among other expected provisions, the proposed ordinance will address dangerous animals and the safety of dogs left enclosed in hot cars. AKC GR issued a legislative alert urging residents to participate in the legislative process.
PA, Conshohocken – The Conshohocken Borough Council will be considering an amendment to their animal control ordinance that will prohibit off-leash animals within the Borough except on the private property of the person in possession of the animal or where specific permission has otherwise been granted. AKC GR has asked the Council to consider less restrictive language that allows for dogs to not be considered running at large if they are under verbal command, at heel, or beside and under control by a responsible person.