New Jersey to Consider Bills Limiting Pet Choice & Consumer Protections, Other Issues on Thursday, M
Monday, February 29, 2016 On Thursday, March 3, 2016, committees of the New Jersey Legislature will consider several dog-related bills.  New Jersey residents are strongly encouraged to take action on the bills, as noted below. Senate Economic Growth Committee The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to consider three bills dealing with dogs […] | February 29, 2016
Illinois Committee to Consider Debarking Ban on March 1
An Illinois committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Tuesday, March 1, that would ban debarking unless it is medically necessary to treat an illness, congenital defect, disease or injury.  While the AKC supports the provision in House Bill 5004 that only allows debarking to be performed by a licensed veterinarian, we oppose the […] | February 26, 2016
West Virginia Introduces Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal
A proposal has been introduced in West Virginia that would require the sterilization of all dogs and cats, with very few exceptions. All bills must be considered in committee by the end of this week, so it is important that all who reside or participate in conformation, hunting, performance, or other activities with dogs in […] | February 23, 2016
Virginia: All Bills Allowing Private Citizens to Remove Animals from Vehicles Defeated or Amended
The American Kennel Club cares deeply about the welfare of all dogs and supports the ability of law enforcement or public safety officers to remove dogs from vehicles when they are in distress due to heat or other environmental conditions that present an immediate danger to the dog. However, a number of bills were introduced […] | February 23, 2016
Iowa Update: Breeder Bills Advance with Significant Amendments
Two bills proposed in Iowa that would have further regulated breeders have been significantly amended in committee.  The original language has been deleted in its entirety and replaced with a proposal for a new “Quality Assurance Council”.  This new council will be charged with reviewing applications from commercial breeders “who seek to receive a quality […] | February 23, 2016
Rhode Island: Tethering Restrictions, Other Dog Bills To Be Considered on Wednesday, February 24
On Wednesday, February 24, the Rhode Island House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee will consider several dog-related bills, including House Bill 7062, which seeks to further restrict the practice of humane tethering of dogs.  Current Rhode Island law provides specific exemptions from the state’s restrictions on the practice of tethering animals.  Exempted parties include licensed […] | February 22, 2016
WI Bill Making Reclaiming of Lost Pets More Difficult Passes Legislature–Contact the Governor!
A Wisconsin bill that will make it more difficult for owners to reclaim lost pets was rushed through the legislature this week. Those who reside or participate in dog events in Wisconsin are strongly encouraged to contact Governor Walker TODAY and respectfully ask him to veto SB450. Among other provisions, SB450 would shorten the time […] | February 22, 2016
SOUTH DAKOTA: Bill Seeks to Impose Additional Requirements on Certain Breeders
South Dakota Senate Bill 157 seeks to provide additional regulations for commercial breeding operations.  The bill will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, February 18, 2016.  Concerned breeders are encouraged to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully express their concerns. South Dakota law already defines a commercial breeding […] | February 17, 2016
Iowa Alert: Harmful Breeder Bill Being Considered TOMORROW (2/18)
The Senate Commerce Committee has just scheduled a hearing on SF 502 for TOMORROW (February 18).  This bill would further regulate anyone who has four or more intact dogs and receive any kind of consideration for breeding or transferring even one dog.  Friday is the last day for bills to be passed out of committee, […] | February 17, 2016
Tennessee Update: Dog Breeder Bill with Warrantless Searches Rescheduled for Vote on Tuesday, 2/16
House Bill 2303, which would require regulation, inspection, and potentially high registration fees for dog breeders, has been rescheduled for a vote in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 16. Its companion bill, Senate Bill 2175, has been rescheduled for a vote on Monday, February 22, in the Senate Energy, Agriculture, […] | February 12, 2016

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