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Issues at the City, County, and Metropolitan Levels, and in US Territories

CA, Kern County – The Kern County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal from the Kern County Animal Services Commission 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 proposal, failure to license an unaltered dog could lead to mandatory spay/neuter on one violation of related animal control laws. AKC continues to be in communication with officials from Kern County and is working with numerous local club members to address concerns.  Read more.

CO, Aurora – The City of Aurora, CO, recently passed a ban on the retail sale of cats and dogs at pet stores.  Although the city does not currently have any stores, AKC did submit concerns prior to an August public hearing on limiting future pet choice and consumer protection in the city.  The proposal was approved on August 28.