Regular Review of Texas’ Dog or Cat Breeders Rules to be Conducted
Every four years, Texas state agencies are required to review each of its rules and consider whether they should be re-adopted, revised, or repealed.  The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), the Texas state agency charged with carrying out enforcement of the state’s Dog or Cat Breeders Act, recently announced that it will begin […] | November 24, 2020
NC Info Update: Veterinary Board to Propose Amendment Restricting Artificial Insemination in 2021
The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board (NCVMB) is expected to have legislation filed in 2021 that would seek to amend the part of the state’s Veterinary Practice Act. Currently, North Carolina law (NC GS § 90-187.10) defines what parties are required to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state.  That law also provides […] | November 24, 2020
Montana Seeks to Update Field Trial and Bird Dog Training Regulations
In 2019, the Montana State Legislature passed House Bill 29, which changed the legal requirements for certain activities related to field trials and the training of dogs using captive-reared upland game birds.  In response, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) worked with constituent groups, including representatives from most major sporting dog training […] | November 20, 2020
UPDATE: MA Senate Rejects Amendment #331 – Nero’s Bill During Budget Debate
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate debated and decided numerous amendments to  SB 4, its version of the budget bill.   We are grateful to Senator Bruce Tarr for filing Amendment #331 and the continued support for “Nero’s Bill”.  Unfortunately, in agreement with the House of Representatives, the Senate decided not to attach the bill’s text to its […] | November 18, 2020
Aiken County, SC: Final Vote TONIGHT on Unlimited Inspections of Private Homes Due to a Barking Dog Issue, Other Animal Ordinance Changes
Reminder:  A revised proposed animal ordinance is scheduled for a final vote by the Aiken County Council today, November 17, 2020.  Please see AKC’s previous legislative alert on this measure. Among other requirements, the proposed ordinance seeks to require registration with the county as an offender by any person convicted of a dangerous dog violation […] | November 17, 2020
MA Senate to Consider Nero’s Bill During Budget Debate This Week
Thank you to those who contacted your state representative in support of working dogs last week!  Every year the legislature sends an annual budget to the Governor to fund government operations, and funding for training service dogs was adopted in the House. Now, as the Massachusetts Senate has begun debating their fiscal priorities in SB […] | November 16, 2020
Update: MA House of Representatives Adopts One Amendment Impacting Working Dogs
While debating a bill to fund state operations next year, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to adopt Amendment #19 to HB 5150, which will provide that not less than $50,000 be expended for the NEADS, Inc. service dogs for veterans program to train service dogs for veterans. Unfortunately, Amendment #18, aka “Nero’s Bill”, which […] | November 12, 2020
Washington: Fish and Wildlife Proposes Rules to Create Nonlethal Enforcement Program Using Canines
The state of Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has proposed new rules to create a nonlethal enforcement program for the purpose of training dogs to assist in locating offending bear, cougar, and bobcat. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is authorized to allow the use of dogs to hunt or pursue bear, cougar, or […] | November 11, 2020
New Mexico: Las Cruces Seeks Public Feedback on Animal Control/Licensing Changes
The City of Las Cruces announced that residents have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions on several changes to the city’s animal control laws.  Feedback will be accepted through November 23, 2020. Residents are encouraged to review the full ordinance changes online.  You can also watch a powerpoint presentation outlining the changes. Changes […] | November 11, 2020
Barrow County, GA: Public Hearing and Vote TOMORROW on Minimum Animal Enclosure Sizes, Dog Tethering Restrictions, Expanded Dangerous Dog Requirements
The Barrow Count Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and voting session on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, on problematic changes to the county animal ordinance.  The proposed ordinance seeks to ban the use of enclosures of less than 144 square feet per animal with limited exceptions; to ban all unsupervised tethering of dogs; […] | November 9, 2020

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