Rockingham County, VA Update: Board of Supervisors Table Action on New Kennel Regulations
After receiving public comment on a proposed Dog Kennel Ordinance, the Rockingham County, VA, Board of Supervisors voted to table the proposal at its September 28 public hearing. As noted in a previous alert, the proposed ordinance could have impacted local hobby kennels.  Although some positive changes were made to the original version of the […] | September 30, 2022
California: Governor Signs Bills Additional Animal Welfare Bills
This week, California Governor Newsom signed additional bills relating to animal welfare into law, including the following: Assembly Bill 1648 – Emergency Preparedness for Kennels Current California code allows for cities and counties to require a kennel license.  As stated in a previous alert, AB 1648 requires anyone registered as a kennel in their local […] | September 29, 2022
Rockingham County, VA: Board of Supervisors to Hold Public Hearing on New Kennel Regulations
On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 6:00pm, the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing and possible vote on a proposed Dog Kennel Ordinance that could impact local hobby kennels. The original version of the proposed ordinance was first presented and tabled by the Planning Commission on July 6, 2022 (See previous […] | September 26, 2022
NJ Alert: Montclair to Consider Pet Store Restrictions
On Wednesday, September 28, the Township Council of Montclair, New Jersey, will consider Ordinance O-22-26, which seeks to prohibit the retail sales of dog or cats sourced from breeders by pet stores and boarding kennels.  It would permit pet stores to provide space to animal rescues and shelters to display dogs and cats available for […] | September 26, 2022
U.S. Congress: Join AKC in Urging Appropriators to Support Education and Collaboration to Improve Animal Welfare
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is deeply concerned about language in the recently-passed House version of the FY 2023 Agricultural Appropriations bill that would reduce opportunities for collaboration and education between USDA and breeders regulated by the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). We urge you to take action by contacting your members of the U.S. […] | September 22, 2022
Share Your Thoughts on AKC GR’s Communications
As part of our ongoing efforts to continuously improve how we serve the American Kennel Club (AKC) and its breeder, owner, fancier, and enthusiast constituents, AKC‘s Government Relations Department (GR) is conducting a short survey to understand how we may better communicate with you about important legislative issues in your area. Please take a few […] | September 22, 2022
California: Governor Signs Amended Training Bill
California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill requiring dog trainers to disclose whether there have been any civil judgements regarding their training or any animal cruelty convictions. The new law was significantly amended from the original version of Assembly Bill 1901 at the request of AKC, sportsmen, and trainers throughout the state. It goes […] | September 20, 2022
Kansas: Augusta Considering Repealing Breed Ban
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Sept. 7, the City of Augusta announced that it will reconsider its dog breed ban at its next meeting that is scheduled for September 19th. Dog owners and interested members of the public should attend the meeting and encourage city council to repeal the breed ban. City ordinance currently bans keeping […] | September 16, 2022
ND Update: Minot Repeals Breed Ban
Update: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Monday, by a 4-3 vote, the Minot City Council voted to repeal the city’s decades-old ban of multiple breeds.  The American Kennel Club appreciates Councilmember Carrie Evans’ work in promoting the change to a breed-neutral animal control policy in Minot. _________________________________________________ On Monday, September 19, the City Council of Minot, […] | September 9, 2022
California: Training Bill with AKC Amendments Heads to Governor
The California Legislature transmitted a bill to the governor that as amended requires all California dog trainers to disclose certain cruelty convictions and civil judgements to all clients. Those who wish may contact the governor regarding this bill may do so in one of the following manners: Online form Telephone: (916) 558-3160 This bill originally […] | September 8, 2022

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