NH Update: Support Police and Working K-9s Before March 16 Senate Session
An amended New Hampshire Senate Bill 268 is scheduled for consideration by the State Senate on Thursday, March 16, 2023. As originally filed, SB 268 would have allowed transportation of and pre-hospital treatment for police dogs injured in the line of duty if no human would need transport or ambulance services. The American Kennel Club […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nh-update-support-police-working-k-9s-march-16-senate-session/ | March 13, 2023
Minnesota: Dog-Related Homeowners Insurance, Consumer Choice Bills Scheduled for Hearings This Week
Two dog-related bills in Minnesota have been scheduled for consideration by the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee this week.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports House File 1532, which seeks to prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against owners of certain breeds.  AKC opposes House File 1276, which seeks to restrict consumer choice by forcing […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/minnesota-dog-related-homeowners-insurance-consumer-choice-bills-scheduled-hearings-week/ | March 13, 2023
Illinois: Update on Numerous Bills Impacting Dog Owners and Trainers
Numerous bills impacting dog owners, breeders, and trainers have been introduced this year in Illinois, and AKC Government Relations and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners have been working diligently to fight on your behalf. We thank all those who have taken the time to file witness slips and contact legislators.  Together we […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-update-numerous-bills-impacting-dog-owners-trainers/ | March 10, 2023
California: Committee Considering Proposed Limits on Police Canines
On Tuesday, March 21, a California Assembly committee will consider a bill to limit the use of police canines. California residents who wish to take action on this bill can do so with the information found below. Summary: Assembly Bill 742  would prevent the use of police canines for the purpose of arrest and apprehension. AKC […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-committee-considering-proposed-limits-police-canines/ | March 10, 2023
Tennessee: Bills Criminalizing Safe Dog Care to be Heard Mar. 13 & 14—Act Now to Request Amendments
Two bills that would criminalize safe and effective dog care practices are scheduled to be voted on in Tennessee legislative committees on March 13 and 14. Certain provisions in each bill could result in cruelty charges against an owner absent harm—or even discomfort—to a dog. While these bills are well meaning, an owner who does […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-bills-criminalizing-safe-dog-care-heard-mar-13-14-act-now-request-amendments/ | March 10, 2023
New Mexico: Problematic Tethering Bill Amended, Additional Committee Hearings Expected Soon
On Monday, March 6, the New Mexico Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee considered a bill that prohibits tethering a dog outside for more than three hours regardless of weather conditions. Senate Bill 429 was substituted during hearing but it still includes similarly concerning language. AKC expects the bill may receiver further consideration in the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-mexico-problematic-tethering-bill-amended-additional-committee-hearings-expected-soon/ | March 9, 2023
South Carolina: Animal Forfeiture Bill in Committee Tomorrow, 3/9/23. Take Action Now!
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 9, 2023, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 456, a bill that would trample the due process rights of animal owners. SOUTH CAROLINA ANIMAL OWNERS – PLEASE TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY!  All animal owners in South Carolina are urged to immediately contact committee members and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/south-carolina-animal-forfeiture-bill-committee-tomorrow-3-9-23-take-action-now/ | March 8, 2023
APHIS Extends Environmental Enrichment Comment Period to April 10
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) announced that it has extended the comment period for future proposed changes to the federal Animal Welfare Act’s (AWA) rules and standards, including adding regulatory requirements to address species-specific environmental enrichment for dogs and other regulated animals.  Originally […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/aphis-extends-environmental-enrichment-comment-period-april-10/ | March 8, 2023
Florida: Bills Require Owners of Intact Female Dogs to Register with Government. Oppose Today
Several extremely overreaching and punitive dog breeder bills have been filed in Florida. Senate Bill 1492 and House Bill 1581 define any unsterilized female dog over the age of 6 months as a “breeding female” and would require her owner to register with the state as a “breeder,” pay significant fees, and be inspected by […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/florida-bills-require-owners-intact-female-dogs-register-government-oppose-today/ | March 7, 2023
MN Alert: Oppose Restrictions on Consumer Choice of Pets
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 On Thursday, March 9, 2023, the Minnesota Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee is scheduled to consider Senate File 1317, a bill that seeks to restrict consumers’ freedom of choice in pets by restricting pet stores from selling purpose-bred dogs.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly opposes legislation that seeks to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/mn-alert-oppose-restrictions-consumer-choice-pets/ | March 7, 2023

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