Governor Abbott Signs Breeder Bill into Law
Governor Abbot has signed SB 876 further regulating Texas dog breeders. While the new law goes into effect on September 1, 2023, someone that owns between 5 and 11 intact females will have until January 1, 2024, to come into compliance.  The law will require anyone that both owns 5 or more intact females and […] | May 31, 2023
Illinois: Spring Session Adjourns, Majority of Dog-Related Bills Held
This past weekend, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned a very busy spring session for dog owners and trainers. We thank the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs, and all who took the time to file witness slips and contact legislators.  Together we are making a difference for dogs in Illinois. Below are the latest updates on […] | May 31, 2023
NJ: Contact Governor Murphy to Request Veto of Unconstitutional Cost of Care Bill
Last week, the New Jersey Assembly passed S.981, a “cost of care” bill that raises serious constitutional concerns for dog owners.  The bill is now on its way to Governor Phil Murphy for his approval or veto.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) urges all concerned New Jersey dog owners contact Governor Murphy’s office to request […] | May 30, 2023
California: Assembly Committee Advances Bill Limiting Use of Police Canines
On May 18, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced Assembly Bill 742, limiting the use of police canines for apprehension and crowd control. The bill has been amended to allow for the use of police canines for apprehension in some circumstances. AKC understands and acknowledges there are issues concerning the use of police canines for apprehension, […] | May 30, 2023
NJ Urgent Action Needed: Ask Speaker Coughlin to Not Advance Overreaching Pet Seizure Bill
As previously reported, the American Kennel Club (AKC) is deeply concerned with Assembly Bill 2354, as it still fails to both adequately protect the rights of bona fide co-owners and address the constitutional issues of procedural due process, unreasonable seizures, and excessive fines.  Despite ongoing efforts, the bill is scheduled to be voted on by […] | May 24, 2023
California Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
AKC is monitoring several bills impacting dog owners in California. Below are a few highlights in advance of the June 2 deadline for legislation to advance out of the chamber where it was introduced. To see the complete list visit the AKC legislative action center at  and/or the AKC legislative tracker.  AKC Government Relations […] | May 23, 2023
NJ Action Needed: Contact Officials to Oppose Overreaching Pet Seizure Bill
Last week, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee amended the controversial “cost of care” bill, Assembly Bill 2354, and voted to forward it to the full Assembly for further consideration.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) believes amended A.2354 still fails to both adequately protect the rights of bona fide co-owners and address the constitutional issues […] | May 22, 2023
NY Update: Senate to Consider Hunting Bill with AKC Amendments
A bill moving in the New York Senate makes certain hunting competitions illegal.  As written, however, Senate Bill 4099 contains important amendments requested by the AKC to protect training and performance events. Summary: Senate Bill 4099 is similar to bills introduced in previous sessions that would make it unlawful to organize, sponsor, or participate in […] | May 22, 2023
California: Kern County Postpones Consideration of Mandatory Spay/Neuter
On Wednesday, May 17, the Kern County Animal Services Commission reconsidered a proposed ordinance that seeks to further the licensing burden on dog owners in Kern County, and could lead to mandatory spay/neuter for one violation of animal control laws. No vote was taken in this meeting, but the proposal has been rereferred to the […] | May 22, 2023
Washington Co., TN – Commission Votes on Dog Tethering Resolution Monday, 5/22/23
The Washington County Commission is scheduled to vote Monday on a resolution to establish guidelines for tethering dogs within unincorporated areas of the county. The commission meets May 22, 2023, at 6:00pm, in the Justice Center, Jonesborough, TN. Call 423-913-8521 between 8:00am and 4:30pm for current meeting date, time, and location information. Click here to […] | May 19, 2023

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