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 […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/status-animal-services-state-closures/ | May 29, 2020
Illinois: Chicago Proposal Could Undermine Hobby Breeders and Pet Store Consumer Protections
A proposal has been introduced in the Chicago City Council that seeks to stop fraudulent rescues from sourcing to pet stores. In addition to addressing this issue, it also would make numerous changes to city pet animal ordinances, including requiring licensing of hobby breeders as animal care facilities, and removing important consumer protection and information […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-chicago-proposal-undermine-hobby-breeders-pet-store-consumer-protections/ | May 29, 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 (11:00 AM on 5/29/20), here are the latest schedule updates impacting legislation at the state and federal level. Please continue to check […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/status-legislatures-impacted-covid-19/ | May 29, 2020
Tennessee: Voices of Tennessee Animal Owners Are Heard— Overreaching Bill HB 852 Does Not Advance
A problematic amendment to Tennessee House Bill 852 failed in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and the bill was taken off notice, likely ending its consideration for the remainder of the legislative session.  Thank you to dog owners who shared information about this issue and animal owners across the state who contacted subcommittee members and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-voices-tennessee-animal-owners-heard-overreaching-bill-hb-852-not-advance/ | May 29, 2020
Tennessee: Overreaching Bill that Would Grant Expanded Powers to Non-Governmental Humane Societies Could Be Considered TOMORROW, 5/27/20
A proposed amendment to Tennessee House Bill 852 seeks to significantly change the nature and scope of the bill as it was originally filed. HB 852, and amendments thereto, are on the agenda of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee tomorrow, May 27.  Due to COVID-19 disruptions, it is unclear if this bill actually will be […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-overreaching-bill-grant-expanded-powers-non-governmental-humane-societies-considered-tomorrow-5-27-20/ | May 26, 2020
VT: Governor Asked to Give Green Light to Unregulated Animal Transports
According to a May 18, 2020, article, as Vermont begins to re-open from the COVID-19 pandemic, animal importers have asked Governor Phil Scott to authorize the resumption of interstate pet transports to supply Vermont shelters with dogs sourced from outside the state.  The article also details how some shelters are considering breeding dogs themselves to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/vt-governor-asked-give-green-light-unregulated-animal-transports/ | May 22, 2020
U.S. Congress: AKC Lauds Introduction of Healthy Dog Importation Act to Protect Animal and Public Health
The American Kennel Club welcomes the introduction today of the Healthy Dog Importation Act of 2020  in the U.S. House of Representatives. AKC is grateful for the bi-partisan leadership of Congressmen Abraham (LA-5), Schrader (OR-5) and Yoho (FL-3) in sponsoring the bill, and believes this will go a long way to addressing concerns about recent […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/u-s-congress-akc-lauds-introduction-healthy-dog-importation-act-protect-animal-public-health/ | May 19, 2020
Oak Grove, KY—Second Vote on Animal Ordinance Could be Held Tomorrow (5/19/20)
The Oak Grove City Council could hold a second and enacting vote on changes to the city’s animal ordinance at its regular city council meeting tomorrow, May 19, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  Neither the meeting agenda nor the text of the proposed ordinance were available at the time this legislative alert was released.  Therefore, it […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oak-grove-ky-second-vote-animal-ordinance-held-tomorrow-5-19-20/ | May 18, 2020
Join AKC Government Relations for A Webinar on Breed-Specific Legislation on May 27
Banning breed-specific laws (BSL) is probably the most common issue on which most animal advocates agree – yet it is one of the most difficult issues to pass. Last week, advocates in Missouri tried numerous political maneuvers to finally pass a law banning breed-specific policies in the state, but unfortunately none were successful. In 2019, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/join-akc-government-relations-webinar-breed-specific-legislation-may-27/ | May 18, 2020
USDA-APHIS Update: Overview of New Animal Care Rules
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the finalization of new Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations.  The changes were made in an effort to promote compliance, reduce license fees, and strengthen safeguards to prevent individuals and businesses with a history of noncompliance from obtaining […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/usda-aphis-update-overview-new-animal-care-rules/ | May 15, 2020

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