Arkansas—Bill to Allow Emergency Transport of an Injured Police Dog Advances
House Bill 1152, among other provisions, seeks to allow the emergency transport of an injured police dog if there is no person requiring immediate medical attention or transport at the time, limit liability of the transporter, and allow a court to require the person who caused the injury to be responsible for costs of emergency […] | March 30, 2021
West Virginia: Comprehensive Animal Welfare Bill Advancing
The West Virginia House is expected to vote tomorrow on legislation providing increased regulations for the welfare of domestic animals in the care of animal shelters, breeders, and private individuals. House Bill 2095 as amended is comprehensive legislation that seeks to enhance West Virginia’s animal welfare laws covering everything from the care of animals in […] | March 30, 2021
US Congress: Support ‘PAWS’ Bills H.R. 1022/S. 951 Providing Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD
Last Week, U.S. Senator Deborah Fischer introduced S. 951, Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS), to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grant program to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) . AKC supports this measure, and its House companion, H.R. 1022, which was introduced […] | March 29, 2021
Missouri: Bill to Expand Definition of ‘Dangerous Dog’ to be Considered Monday (March 29)
A Missouri committee is considering a bill on Monday, March 29 that would significantly broaden the definition of a “dangerous dog” in the state. The state currently defines a dangerous dog as one that has bitten a person or domestic animal without provocation on more than one occasion.  House Bill 992 would expand this definition […] | March 26, 2021
New York: Ask Your Assembly Member to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination
The New York Assembly is expected to soon vote on a bill that would prohibit homeowner’s insurance providers from refusing or cancelling coverage or increasing premiums based solely on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder. All responsible dog owners and breeders in New York are encouraged to contact their Assembly Member to […] | March 26, 2021
REVISED: Manatee County, Florida— Public Meeting and Work Session Tuesday (3/30/21) on County Animal Ordinance (UPDATED INFO)
A work session to discuss Manatee County animal ordinances will be held on March 30, 2021, at 1:30pm at the Manatee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205. View the agenda, information about the work session, and how to submit commentary. The file may take time to download. The ordinance, as approved […] | March 26, 2021
Springfield, MA: City to Consider Restricting Licensed Pet Sales
On Monday, March 29, at 1:00pm, residents in Springfield, Massachusetts, can provide comment at the city’s General Government Committee meeting on a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 110, which includes a new section 110-14 to ban pet retail sales. The new section would ban the sale of purpose-bred pets from state-inspected and licensed facilities, like pet […] | March 26, 2021
Oklahoma: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Animal Events
On Monday, March 29, an Oklahoma Senate committee is considering a bill protecting “agritourism activities” – including activities where animals are used for education, animal shows, and “activities that historically involved the utilization of working animals and other substantially similar activities.” AKC enthusiastically supports House Bill 1620, which recognizes the importance of animal events and […] | March 25, 2021
CT Update: Service Animals Clarifications on House Calendar
The Connecticut Joint Committee on Human Services has voted in favor of an amended version of HB 6318, which has now been placed on the calendar of the full State House of Representatives for consideration.  Amended HB 6318 would: Make technical changes to align state law terms, such as references to “guide dog,” with federal […] | March 25, 2021
Colorado: Proposed Initiative Would Harm Responsible Breeders, Animal Owners –and Ban Standard Animal Husbandry Practices, Including Artificial Insemination
Volunteers may soon be seen throughout Colorado collecting signatures to put a measure on the November 2022 ballot that they will claim will protect animals in the state. The American Kennel Club joins many other animal welfare, livestock and animal husbandry groups in expressing grave concerns and opposition to the proposal. We urge all dog […] | March 25, 2021

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