USDA Updates: Online Licensing Tool Introduced; Proposed Rule Comment Period Open Through May 21
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently unveiled a new online licensing and registration tool that helps businesses and individuals identify their regulation needs under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Regulations established under the AWA set standards for the humane care and treatment for […] | April 30, 2019
New York Committee Considering Positive Animal Bills on May 1
April 29, 2019 The newly-created New York Senate Domestic Animal Welfare Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, May 1, on four bills impacting dogs and dog owners. On the agenda are four bills, including the following: 3411 – This bill would require animal shelter animal reports to be submitted to the state Department of […] | April 29, 2019
Iowa Success: Legislature Adjourns, No Problematic Bills Pass
April 29, 2019 The Iowa Legislature has adjourned for the year.  None of the bills of concern to the AKC and Iowa clubs and breeders passed. The AKC appreciates that in several cases, amendments were added to address many of our concerns.  This includes House File 737, which as introduced could have impacted standard husbandry […] | April 29, 2019
Texas Info: Vacancies on Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee
Friday, April 26, 2019 Today, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announced two vacancies on the state’s Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee.  The seats available are for one licensed breeder and one representative of an animal welfare organization. The Committee advises the Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation on matters related to the administration and […] | April 26, 2019
Manatee County, FL Could Discuss Banning Retail Sales of Puppies Tomorrow, 4/23
April 22, 2019 On Tuesday, April 23, the Manatee County Board of Commissioners could discuss a proposal that would ban the retail sale of puppies.  An earlier version of the meeting agenda referenced a Sarasota ordinance that bans retail sales of pets from a commercial establishment.  It is not known at this time what might […] | April 22, 2019
Dover, New Jersey to Consider Pet Shops Sales Restrictions
Thursday, April 18, 2019 On Tuesday, April 23, the Board of Aldermen of Town of Dover, New Jersey, is expected to consider a proposal that would restrict pet shops from selling, delivering, offering for sale, bartering, auctioning, giving away, or otherwise transferring dogs or cats.  The proposal, however, does not prohibit stores from collaborating with […] | April 18, 2019
Massachusetts Residents: New Regulations for Rescues, Pet Stores Proposed – Share Your Thoughts
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has proposed new regulations for the operation of animal shelters and animal rescue organizations, and amendments to the Commonwealth’s regulations applying to pet shops. The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages potentially impacted entities and individuals to carefully review the proposals, below, and respectfully share their […] | April 17, 2019
Ask Texas Committee to Support Bill to Require Shelters to Scan Animals for Microchips
Monday, April 08, 2019 Texas House Bill 2347 seeks to require animal shelters and releasing agencies to scan an animal for a microchip as soon as practicable after the animal is placed in their custody.  In the interest of returning lost or at-large animals to their owners, the American Kennel Club supports HB 2347.  Texas […] | April 8, 2019
Brevard County, FL Pet Store Ordinance Includes Vague Provisions that Could Impact Hobby Breeders and Rescues – Contact Commissioners Today
April 8, 2019 An ordinance with unclear provisions that could affect hobby breeders and rescue groups is scheduled for a vote by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 9.  Brevard County citizens who are concerned about vague and problematic provisions in the ordinance are encouraged to immediately contact their commissioners. The […] | April 8, 2019
Victory in Virginia – Problematic Bills Impacting Dogs Defeated or Amended
April 5, 2019 The Virginia General Assembly met yesterday for a veto session and rejected the governor’s recommendations that could have required Virginia dog owners, sportsmen, and exhibitors to tether their dogs in a manner that could be harmful and contradict current law.  This was the latest in a series of bills and amendments this […] | April 5, 2019

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