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Local Issues March 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.

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 Planning Commission held a public hearing on Thursday, March 17, 2022.   AKC GR will continue to provide information as it is available.  Read more.