Virginia: Update – Pet Shop Spay/Neuter Bill Continued Until 2023
The Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee (ACNR) voted 10-0 at its recent meeting to continue Senate Bill 89 to next year. As introduced, Senate Bill 89 would amend existing Code of Virginia section 3.2-6510 by adding language stating that “No pet shop shall sell a dog or cat unless such dog or cat […] | February 11, 2022
Oklahoma: Ask Senate to Support Misdemeanor for Misrepresenting a Service Animal Bill
A bill is moving in the Oklahoma Senate that would penalize those who misrepresent a service animal. AKC supports this bill and condemns the deliberate mischaracterization of service dogs and attempts to benefit from service dog status when the person is not someone with a disability. Oklahoma dog owners are encouraged to contact their State Senator in […] | February 10, 2022
NJ Action Alert: Committee to Consider Radical Lawyer for Dogs Bill on Monday, Feb. 14- Call Today!
New Jersey’s latest attempt at creating courtroom advocates for animals program, Assembly Bill 1965, has been scheduled for a hearing by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday, February 14, 2022.  Although the bill’s primary sponsor, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, is also the chairman of the Judiciary Committee(likely ensuring the bill’s approval), it is imperative that all […] | February 10, 2022
Tennessee Informational Alert: Tethering Bill on Subcommittee Agenda Tomorrow, 2/9/22
House Bill 2034 seeks to create the offense of unlawful restraint [tethering] of a dog when outside and unattended without access to shelter and water, subject to additional requirements and exemptions.  It is on the agenda of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee tomorrow, February 9, 2022. As introduced, HB 2034 sets out reasonable requirements for […] | February 8, 2022
Kentucky: A Bill Dog Lovers Can Support—the Treeing Walker Coonhound for State Dog
Senate Bill 128 seeks to designate the Treeing Walker Coonhound as the official state dog of Kentucky. The bill states that the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a native Kentucky dog breed, developed in the 1800s by two Kentucky breeders.  Dog lovers in the state are urged to contact your state senators and representatives and ask […] | February 8, 2022
MA Success: Bill Protecting Police K-9s, aka Nero’s Law, Sent to Governor’s Desk for Signature
Today, the Massachusetts Senate agreed to the minor technical changes made to Nero’s Law by the House last week.  Now, HB 4431 has been sent to Governor Baker’s desk for consideration.  He has ten days to sign the bill, veto it, or return it to the Legislature requesting changes. The bill allows emergency care and […] | February 7, 2022
Virginia: Senate ACNR Committee to Consider Pet Shop Spay/Neuter Bill Tomorrow (2/8)
The Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee (ACNR) is scheduled to consider a bill at its meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, February 8, 2022) that would require a dog or cat obtained from a pet shop to be spayed or neutered.  The meeting will take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of the day’s floor […] | February 7, 2022
Florida: Urge Subcommittee to Advance Breed Neutral Dog Bill
Dog owners in Florida are urged to take action in support of a bill that would remove an exemption under current state law that allows local breed specific ordinances enacted prior to October 1, 1990 to remain in force. This provision is included in CS 1/HB 721 , a bill that seeks to allow a […] | February 4, 2022
Missouri: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Owners Rights for Confiscated Animals
The Missouri Agriculture Policy Committee is considering a bill on Tuesday, February 8, that would make several changes to protect dogs and the rights of dog owners when animals are seized on suspicion of neglect or abuse.  The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and to […] | February 4, 2022
MA Success: Bill Protecting Police K-9s, aka Nero’s Law, Passes in House
Yesterday, February 3, 2022, after making minor technical changes, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee advanced SB 2573, Nero’s Law, to the full House, which then approved the bill.  The bill allows emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty, while ensuring ambulance use remains a priority for […] | February 4, 2022

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