California Update: Latest Status on Dog-Related Bills
The California Legislature returned this week from their summer break, and immediately went back to work in anticipation of ending their session at the end of August. The following is the latest information on highlights of bills AKC is monitoring, along with information on how to contact the appropriate lawmakers.  AKC GR will continue to […] | August 5, 2022
Nelson County, VA: Board of Supervisors to Hold Public Hearing on Kennel Definition
The Nelson County Board of Supervisors will be holding a Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2022, on proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments to amend the current definition of “Kennel” and its use in certain zoning districts. Those who wish to comment are encouraged to attend the Public Hearing or reach out to the Board […] | August 4, 2022
MA UPDATE: Anti-Hobby Breeder Bill Fails – Congrats Advocates, You Did It!
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is pleased to report that the Massachusetts Legislature formally adjourned today, and that the House of Representatives did not take up Senate Bill 2994 (formerly Senate Bill 1322) that would have done away with “personal kennel” protections that many purebred dog fanciers in Massachusetts enjoy. The bill is now dead. […] | August 1, 2022
AKC Comments on USDA APHIS Five-Year Strategic Framework
Today, the American Kennel Club (AKC) submitted comments to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) regarding a draft five-year strategic plan for the agency. Comments from stakeholders on the framework of the draft plan will assist APHIS, which enforces the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), in finalizing […] | July 29, 2022
USDA APHIS Announces It Will No Longer Use ‘Teachable Moments’ In Working With Breeders
Today, Dr. Betty Goldentyer, USDA APHIS’s Deputy Administrator for Animal Care, announced that the agency will discontinue the use of “teachable moments” as part of its enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. Since 2016, USDA APHIS has documented teachable moments for minor, isolated noncompliances discovered during facility inspections that do not have an impact on […] | July 28, 2022
Kansas Update: Wichita Animal Advisory Board Approves Ordinance Limiting Pet Choice
The Wichita Animal Services Advisory Board voted last week in favor of an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from sourcing dogs from licensed breeders in the city. The ordinance is now being considered by the Wichita Police Department where it must get approval before it can receive consideration from the full city council. This […] | July 27, 2022
NJ Update: Mullica Township Removes Animal Ordinance from Agenda
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has learned that a problematic animal ordinance proposal has been removed from the agenda of the Mullica Township Committee meeting. The proposal, which was opposed by both AKC and the National Animal Interest Alliance, included breeder licensing requirements, dog ownership limits, and restrictions on debarking. Click here to read AKC’s […] | July 26, 2022
Oregon Information: 2022 Firearms Ballot Measure May Impact Some Performance Events Participants
Yesterday, the Oregon Secretary of State certified that a measure regulating firearms collected enough petition signatures to appear on the ballot for November 2022. Those who participate in certain hunt tests, field trials, and other humane animal events that use firearms should review Oregon Ballot Measure 114 to understand the impact and new requirements it […] | July 26, 2022
Rockingham County, VA: Request Delay of Consideration of New Kennel Regulations
At its recent meeting, the Rockingham County Planning Commission (Harrisonburg, VA) tabled a proposed Dog Kennel Ordinance that could impact local hobby kennels.  As a result, the proposal now goes to the Board of Supervisors for possible enactment. The ordinance is not currently listed on the agenda for the 6:00pm meeting on Wednesday, July 27.  […] | July 26, 2022
NJ Alert: Mullica Twp. Considering Hobby Breeder Licensing, Ownership Limits on Monday
Today, the American Kennel Club Government Relations Department (AKC GR) learned that Mullica Township, New Jersey, is scheduled to consider extensive changes to its animal ordinance at its meeting on Monday, July 26.  The proposal includes breeder licensing requirements, dog ownership limits, and restrictions on debarking.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all concerned residents […] | July 22, 2022

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