North Carolina: State Extends Comment Period on New Rabbit Enclosure Regulations
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) is proposing temporary, emergency regulations that could impact those who train or participate in field trials with rabbits. At the request of many local field trial clubs and the AKC, the WRC has agreed to extend the comment period for this proposal to April 27, 2020.  Scroll down […] | April 16, 2020
AKC Comments on U.S. Department of Transportation Proposal to Redefine “Service Animal”
Today, the American Kennel Club (AKC) submitted comments to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding its proposed regulation updates that would redefine “service animal”  for the purpose of air travel. The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel and requires […] | April 6, 2020
MA Update: Committee Again Extends Consideration Period for Concerning Legislation
Last June, the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Municipalities and Regional Government Committee accepted public testimony on H.1774, S. 114, H. 1757, H.1758, H. 1822, H. 1823, and S. 1204, which seek: to impose regulatory oversight over personal and commercial kennels, mandate annual inspections of all kennels, and create consumer protection laws that exempt animal shelters […] | April 3, 2020
Edgewood, KY: City Council Member Proposes Dog Breeds Ban
On March 16, 2020, members of the Edgewood, Kentucky, city council discussed amendments to the city’s animal ordinance, including changes to vicious dog provisions.  During the meeting, one council member proposed including a ban on Rottweilers and “pit bulls”.  No action was taken. The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern […] | April 3, 2020
North Carolina Info: Wildlife Resources Commission Proposes Amendments to Dog Training and Field Trials Rule
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is proposing amendments to the Dog Training and Field Trials rule.  The rule is being amended to provide for the issuance of field trial permits online, and to make organizational and technical changes. The most significant change under the proposed amended rule would allow individuals who want to conduct […] | April 2, 2020
Georgia: Shelter-In-Place Order Pending, Ask Governor to Designate Pet Care Businesses as Essential
According to Governor Brian Kemp’s staff, an executive order will be issued tomorrow (4/3/20) that is anticipated to include shelter-in-place requirements.  Georgia pet owners are urged to contact the governor’s office today and politely request that veterinarians and pet food/care businesses be designated as essential businesses/services and allowed to continue to operate subject to safe […] | April 2, 2020
Summary of Federal CARES Act
Dear AKC Club Officers and Delegates, Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we recognize that many of your clubs have had to make significant sacrifices, including cancelling the shows and events that you rely on for your viability. We want to assist you in every way possible. We have received a number of inquiries about whether […] | April 1, 2020
USDA APHIS Updates Inspections Protocols During COVID-19 Pandemic
Today, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Animal Care Division provided an update on its inspection protocols for the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) licensees. APHIS Animal Care is continuing to conduct inspections when it becomes aware of serious welfare concerns.  Routine inspections are being limited based on Animal Care’s risk assessments […] | March 27, 2020
Stay Up to Date with AKC GR’s COVID-19 Policy Resources Page
The COVID-19 outbreak and rapidly evolving policy responses are having a significant impact on the lives of dog owners around the country. The AKC Government Relations Department remains committed to keeping you up to date on the latest information impacting you and your dogs. Our new COVID-19 resources page in the AKC Legislative Action Center […] | March 27, 2020
Washington: Application Available for Pet Services Not Declared Essential
On March 23, the State of Washington declared certain businesses as “essential” as part of its Stay at Home, Stay Healthy initiative in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. AKC appreciates that veterinary services and animal feed business have been considered essential to ensure the care of animals at this time. The American Kennel Club has requested […] | March 24, 2020

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