Aiken County, SC: Animal Owners Urged to Attend Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 12, Regarding Revisions to Proposed Ordinance
Aiken County staff will host a meeting on August 12, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., to review revisions to the proposed animal ordinance and receive comments from the public. County staff has diligently worked to respond to residents’ concerns and has made numerous changes and clarifications to the previous proposal.  However, subsequent versions of the proposed […] | August 10, 2020
Status Of Legislatures Impacted by COVID-19
As you may have already seen, the COVID-19 outbreak and preventative public health measures are having a significant impact on legislative schedules and hearings around the country. Schedules are evolving rapidly.  As of (3:30 PM on 7/28/20), here are the latest schedule updates impacting legislation at the state and federal level. Please continue to check […] | August 10, 2020
State Reopenings and Status of Pet Care Services 
The following chart provides information on COVID-19 shelter in place/closure orders with respect to rules impacting access to pet care, supplies, and services.  This document will be updated to reflect changing circumstances as new information becomes available. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many states are shutting down all but what they deem to be essential […] | August 10, 2020
Georgia: Governor Signs Act Providing Certain Protections for COVID-19 Related Tort Claims
Georgia Senate Bill 359, which was amended as the “Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act,” provides certain immunities for COVID-19 related tort claims that are not the result of gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm. It further establishes assumption of risk presumptions and sets out provisions […] | August 7, 2020
California Update: Pet Store Bill Amended to Address Breed Rescue – Hearing on August 8
A California Senate committee will be considering a bill on August 8 that seeks to further clarify the 2017 law that limited consumer choice in the state by banning the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, unless they are sourced from a shelter or rescue. As introduced, Assembly Bill 2152 implemented a total […] | August 4, 2020
TX Action Alert: Contact Sunset Commission, Urge Adoption of Recommendation to Eliminate Ineffective and Costly Licensed Breeders Program.
In June, staff of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended that the state’s Licensed Breeders Program should be eliminated due to fundamental flaws with the law that created it, the program’s ineffectiveness, and significant operational costs.  The Sunset Advisory Commission will meet on Thursday, August 20, to accept testimony on recommendations to eliminate 15 regulatory […] | August 3, 2020
Virginia Informational Update: Animal Law Unit Sends Letter to Animal Control Officers to Highlight Animal Cruelty Changes
The Virginia Attorney General’s Animal Law Unit has sent a letter to animal control officers around Virginia highlighting the new animal cruelty laws that went into effect on July 1 and providing guidelines for enforcement.   It emphasizes that “Compliance is what you should be striving for at every call and the welfare of the animal should always […] | July 29, 2020
Michigan Informational Alert: Crop/Dock Ban Introduced, AKC is Monitoring
A bill has been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives that would ban ear cropping, tail docking, and "debarking." No individual may perform these procedures, and veterinarians may only do so if relieving an injury, illness, infection, etc. House Bill 6009 has been assigned to the House Agriculture Committee and is not currently scheduled […] | July 29, 2020
Arkansas: Governor’s Order Establishes Certain COVID-19 Liability Protections During Current Health Emergency
An executive order signed in June by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson extends certain liability protections to businesses that open or remain open during the COVID-19 health emergency.  Among other provisions, persons and their employees, agents, and officers shall be immune from civil liability for damages or injuries resulting from exposure to COVID-19 on the premises, […] | July 28, 2020
Update: Massachusetts Senate and House to Negotiate Law Enforcement Reform Bills Impacting Police K-9 Practices, 7/27
Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives debated and amended HB 4860, which seeks to enact law enforcement reforms.   Amendments to ensure continued utilization of police K-9 practices were not adopted as they were in the Senate version of the legislation.  Details of the bill and amendments can be viewed in AKC GR’s prior alert. […] | July 27, 2020

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