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Local Issues February 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 – 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’s scheduled December 20 meeting was canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Read AKC’s alert regarding the initial committee meeting.

OK, Oklahoma City – Oklahoma City recently adopted an emergency ordinance prohibiting leaving a dog outside for more than 30 minutes in temperatures under 32 degrees. A violation could lead to a fine up to $500. Dog owners in Oklahoma City should be aware of the new law to ensure compliance.

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.

VA, Fauquier County – The county is considering expanding and modifying its kennel laws to include licensing and zoning requirements for breeding kennels.  AKC GR is working with local residents to communicate with the county to ensure fair and reasonable solutions.  A public hearing is expected in March and AKC GR will continue to provide information as it is available.