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Taking Command March 2018

Local Issues March 2018

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 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:

CA, Los Angeles – is considering changes that would remove pet ownership limits and change zoning ordinances to would allow retail pet stores in commercially zoned areas.  The changes would also encourage pet retailers to provide dogs from rescue organizations, along with shelter animals.  AKC GR has prepared a response offering assistance in drafting ordinance language.

CA, The Los Angeles Board of Animal Services
– is considering a plan to only use plant-based (vegan) dog food at the city’s six animal shelters.  AKC GR is monitoring the issue and will comment if necessary.

CA, The West Hollywood City Council –
has directed city staff to investigate and draft ordinances establishing standards and requirements for animal groomers.  AKC GR will reach out to the city to offer its expertise on this topic.

NY, Onondaga County –
Two Onondaga County proposals would restrict tethering in the county.  One proposal would prohibit tethering unless the temperature is between 32 and 85 degrees.  A second would prohibit leaving a dog outside without shelter if its health and safety are at risk.  AKC, local clubs, and the NY Federation have been in communication with the legislature supporting the second proposal with several clarifying amendments.  The proposals are expected to be considered on April 3.  Read AKC’s alert here.