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CA, Kern County – The Kern County Animal Services Commission is considering a proposal that would institute an increased licensing regime in Kern County with severe penalties for a first violation. Current law already requires an unaltered dog permit. Under the latest version of this proposal, failure to license an unaltered dog could lead to mandatory spay/neuter on one violation of related animal control laws.  Additional language in the bill is unclear about the availability of unaltered permits going forward.  AKC has been in communication with the Kern County Animal Services and is working with numerous local club members to address concerns.  Read more.

TN, Nashville/Davidson County – BL2023-1688, an animal ordinance that contains problematic definitions and overreaching provisions, was additionally amended by the Metro Council on May 2. AKC requested a copy of the most recent version and will continue to provide updates. Read AKC’s most recent alert on this issue.