New York: Committee to Consider Debarking Ban on Tuesday
On Tuesday, April 25, a New York Senate committee will consider a ban on “debarking” – a veterinary practice also known as bark softening – unless the procedure is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. The AKC opposes Senate Bill 142, which would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners to […] | April 21, 2023
California Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
AKC is monitoring several bills impacting dog owners in California. Below are a few highlights, including three bills with upcoming hearings, and three pending bills that could use comments of support. To see the complete list visit the AKC legislative action center at  and/or the AKC legislative tracker.  AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will […] | April 21, 2023
California: Kern County Postpones Consideration of Mandatory Spay/Neuter
On Wednesday, April 19, the Kern County Animal Services Commission discussed a proposed ordinance that seeks to institute mandatory spay/neuter in Kern County. No action was taken in this meeting, but this proposal will likely be voted on during the commission’s next meeting on May 17. AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) thanks all who took […] | April 21, 2023
Nashville/Davidson Co., TN: Overreaching Animal Ordinance Has SECOND Vote on Tue., 4/18/23
A problematic proposed animal ordinance in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, is scheduled to receive a second and potentially enacting vote on Tuesday, April 18.  Residents are urged to contact Metro Council Members and ask them to VOTE NO on animal ordinance BL2023-1688. Please scroll down for contact information. Concerns with the proposed ordinance include, but are […] | April 17, 2023
Florida: Bills that Limit Dog Breed Discrimination Advance, Send Support for HB 941/SB 942
Good news! Bills that would end remaining city/county dog breed bans in Florida continue to advance in the state legislature. House Bill 941 and Senate Bill 942 seek to authorize governmental public housing authorities to adopt policies related to dogs provided that requirements are not specific to a dog’s breed, weight, or size. These bills also […] | April 14, 2023
Illinois: Ask Committee to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination
On Tuesday (April 18), an Illinois Senate committee will consider a bill that would prohibit homeowners and renters insurance providers from refusing or cancelling coverage or increasing premiums based solely on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder. All responsible dog owners and breeders in Illinois are encouraged to visit the Senate Insurance […] | April 14, 2023
New York: Weigh In On Canine Health and Welfare Priorities for Federal Farm Bill Tomorrow (4/14)
Tomorrow, April 14, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15), will host a Farm Bill listening session in Binghamton, New York. AKC GR urges all responsible NY dog owners to weigh in, using the link to the feedback form below.  Scroll down for more information about the event. Background: Rep. Thompson will […] | April 13, 2023
ME Alert: Support Coverage for the Veterinary Care of Retired Police K-9s
On Thursday, April 20, 2023, the Maine Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will accept public testimony on LD 1234, to Provide Reimbursement for Health Care Expenses of Retired State Police Law Enforcement Dogs. The bill would require the Department of Public Safety to reimburse authorized handlers of retired law enforcement dogs used by […] | April 13, 2023
California: Kern County to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter on Wednesday (4/19)
On Wednesday, April 19, the Kern County Animal Services Commission are considering a proposed ordinance that seeks to institute mandatory spay/neuter in Kern County. If advanced, the proposal would go to the Kern County Board of Supervisors for review and possible passage into law. County residents are strongly encouraged to contact both the commission and […] | April 13, 2023
Update: Texas Bills Regulating Hobbyists Passed out of Committee with Amendments
SB 876 and HB 2238 regulating hobbyists were passed out of committees this week with some favorable amendments, but questions remain. The amendments exempt hobbyists that breed dogs for participation in conformation shows.  Performance events were already exempt from current law. AKC is also reviewing additional amendments to determine the impact on hobbyists and dog […] | April 12, 2023

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