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