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Local/Other: Issues at the City, County, and Metropolitan Levels, and in U.S. 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 doglaw@akc.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:

CO, Chaffee County – The Chaffee County Commission is considering a proposal that would require kennel permits. AKC has expressed concerns with this proposal and is working with local breeders to provide alternative solutions to the county.

FL, Hillsborough County – The Hillsborough County Animal Advisory Committee seeks to regulate dog training businesses and dog trainers in the county. The committee has also discussed enacting a broad definition of the pejorative term, “puppy and kitten mill.”  AKC GR has issued legislative alerts and communicated with the county to express concerns.  This could be considered by the Board of County Commissioners on October 2. Click here to read further

NV, Clark County – The Clark County Board of Commissioners considered a proposal that would restrict the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores to only those obtained from a shelter or rescue organization.  AKC issued a legislative alert on this proposal, which was deferred by the commission and may be reconsidered soon.

NV, Las Vegas – The City of Las Vegas is holding a hearing on November 1 to discuss reversing its policy of only allowing pet stores to sell dogs sourced from shelters and rescues.  AKC is supporting this proposed change, which will allow freedom of choice for residents looking to purchase a pet.  Read more about this proposal.