North Carolina Information: Committee to Consider Bill to Ban Pet Leasing
On Tuesday (March 21), a North Carolina committee will consider a bill to end “pet leasing” in the state. According to the bill’s legislative findings, House Bill 226 will address a problem “on the rise” where customers enter into contractual agreements where they make monthly payments to “lease” a dog, and they do not end […] | March 17, 2023
CT Update: Bills Supporting Police K-9s and Prohibiting Insurance Breed Discrimination Advance
Yesterday, two Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committees separately voted to advance bills supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (CFDRDO). SB 932, relative to protections for police K-9 and volunteer search and rescue dogs, was unanimously supported by members of the Public Safety and […] | March 17, 2023
Tennessee: Voices of Responsible Dog Owners Are Heard, Problematic Bills Do Not Advance
The voices of Tennessee’s responsible dog owners have been heard! Three bills that would have criminalized safe and effective dog care practices did not advance in Tennessee legislative committees this week. Certain provisions in each bill could have resulted in cruelty charges against an owner and confiscation of animals absent harm—or even discomfort—to a dog. […] | March 15, 2023
Florida Update: Continued Action Needed on Overreaching, Punitive Dog Breeder Bills
Continued action is needed on extremely overreaching and punitive dog breeder bills in Florida. Senate Bill 1492 and House Bill 1581 would define any unsterilized female dog over the age of six months as a “breeding female” and would require her owner to register with the state as a “breeder,” pay significant fees, and be […] | March 15, 2023
California: Bill Impacting Owner’s Rights Amended by Committee
On Tuesday, March 14, a bill that seeks to clarify existing law concerning nonprofit corporations’ ability to bring legal action against cases of animal cruelty passed unanimously out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. As passed by the committee, the bill includes an amendment addressing the AKC’s concerns that the original text could have allowed for […] | March 15, 2023
Colorado: Local Council Considering Banning Private Sales of Dogs
The Lafayette, Colorado, City Council has asked staff to draft an ordinance to ban all sales of dogs and cats in the city, except for those from shelters and rescues. The City of Lafayette already has a dog ownership limit which restricts breeders in city limits, but it is unclear if this proposal would prevent […] | March 14, 2023
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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | March 10, 2023

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