USDA/APHIS Releases Q&A Guidance Document on Retail Pet Store Rule and Dog Importation
September 30, 2015 Late yesterday, the U.S Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released additional guidance in a Question and Answer format to assist pet breeders, brokers, adoption organizations, importers, transporters and other groups who may be subject to licensing under the federal Animal Welfare Act.    The Retail Pet Store […] | September 30, 2015
Hempstead, NY Proposal Would Regulate Breeders as Pet Stores, Impose Spay/Neuter Policies
The Hempstead Town Board is continuing to debate a proposal that would regulate breeders, pet sellers, and mandate the sterilization of dogs prior to sale- even if they are only 8 weeks old.     Residents of the Town of Hempstead are encouraged to contact the Hempstead Town Board as soon as possible and respectfully ask […] | September 22, 2015
Ask the Michigan Senate to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed-Specific Laws
A bill has passed two Michigan Senate committees that would prohibit local governments in the state from enacting or enforcing laws that focus solely on a dog’s breed.  The AKC supports Senate Bill 239, which would ensure that local governments regulate dogs based on specific actions, rather than their appearance.  Governments could still pass animal […] | September 21, 2015
NC Victory: Legislature Passes Budget Without Animal Welfare Fund Transfer, Veterinary Tax
This week the North Carolina General Assembly approved the state budget for next year.  Previous versions of the budget had included items of significant concern to the AKC, such as a transfer of the animal welfare budget and oversight away from the Department of Agriculture.  Another version included a tax on veterinary services.  Neither of […] | September 18, 2015
Ulster County, NY Update: Hobby Breeder Regulations to Be Discussed in October
The Ulster County Legislature has made numerous changes to the proposal that would regulate dog breeders and sellers in the county, and a public hearing will be held in October. The Ulster County Legislature is demonstrating a willingness to listen to constituents on this proposal, and residents are encouraged to continue contacting the legislators to […] | September 17, 2015

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