MA Alert: Support Eliminating Breed Discrimination in Housing and Insurance
Massachusetts Senate Bill 885 and House Bill 1437, which protect dog owners in Massachusetts from housing and insurance breed discrimination, are scheduled for a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 before the Joint Committee on Housing at 11am. The COVID-19 pandemic threatened to alter housing arrangements for Massachusetts residents unable to pay their […] | September 30, 2021
Texas Info: Four Tethering Bills Pending in House Committee
Texas continues its third special session of the year, and now four bills relating to tethering are pending in the House State Affairs Committee: Senate Bill 5 and its companion House Bills 34, 70, and 104 are very similar to Senate Bill 474, which was passed but then vetoed by the governor during the state’s […] | September 29, 2021
Michigan: Bills Impacting Dog Owner Rights to Be Considered TOMORROW
Tomorrow, September 28, a Michigan committee is considering two bills that address the issue of animals being seized, and the payment of their care during impoundment.  As written, they could cause someone to permanently lose their animals even if they are ultimately found not guilty. AKC strongly believes that those who treat animals in a […] | September 27, 2021
U.S. Congress: Ask Your Federal Reps to Sponsor the Healthy Dog Importation Act
The American Kennel Club is concerned about the health and wellbeing of all dogs, and works hard to advocate for laws that protect canine health and wellbeing and the rights of responsible dog owners. We are reaching out to you because your Congressional or Senate representative is a member of the powerful Agriculture or Appropriations […] | September 24, 2021
Louisville/Jefferson Co. KY: Ordinance Would Require Permits to Transfer/Sell Pets, Other Provisions
Please share this legislative alert with animal owners in Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky. This information is important for residents who might in the future find it necessary to rehome their pets. A problematic and overreaching proposed animal ordinance is scheduled to be introduced at the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Council meeting on Thursday, September 23, 2021. According […] | September 22, 2021
MA: Virtual Public Hearing on Multiple Bills Impacting Dogs Tuesday 9/28 – Take Action Now!
On Tuesday, September 28, multiple animal bills will be reviewed by the Massachusetts Joint Municipalities and Regional Government Committee between 12pm and 3pm.  Most have been re-filed from last session.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly encourages those who reside in Massachusetts to again contact the committee and share the following concerns: HB 2130 (“Relative […] | September 22, 2021
Texas Info: Tethering Bill Passes Committee
On Monday, the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed Senate Bill 5, which seeks to regulate tethering in the state. Senate Bill 5 is very similar to Senate Bill 474, which was passed but then vetoed by the governor.  It provides guidelines for how a dog may be tethered, and includes many exemptions for training, […] | September 22, 2021
Update: Yarmouth Town Council Meeting Proposing Dog Ordinance Changes Moved to September 23 at 6pm
A Yarmouth (Maine) Town Council meeting considering changes to Chapter 309 regarding dogs has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 23, 2021 starting at 6pm. Read AKC’s previous alert for more information on the proposal. Town Council meetings are held at the American Legion Log Cabin in accordance with the most current recommendations from the Maine […] | September 16, 2021
Virginia Update: Waynesboro Council Will Not Advance Limit Law Proposal
As mentioned in a previous alert, the Waynesboro (VA) City Council recently heard a presentation from the City Manager about proposed amendments to City Code regarding animals, which included a provision that would limit the number of animals that may be kept or maintained on any property. At the beginning of last night’s meeting, Mayor […] | September 14, 2021
Maine Info: State Agency Proposing Amendments to Regulations for Kennels, Shelters, Pet Stores
The Animal Welfare Program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DAFC) has proposed amendments to its Animal Welfare regulations.  The amendments apply to breeding kennels, boarding kennels, shelters, and pet stores licensed by the state. The proposal seeks to improve accountability for animal facilities importing animals for sale or adoption and improve […] | September 13, 2021

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