New Jersey Alert: Committee to Discuss Groomers, Pet Stores Legislation Next Week
On Monday, December 4, the New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee will discuss two dog-related bills, both of which should be of concern to New Jersey dog owners and purebred dog fanciers.  Senate Bill 182 seeks to require the licensing of pet groomers, and establishes licensing and operating requirements for facilities where grooming is performed.  […] | November 30, 2023
CA: Bakersfield Committee Meeting Considering Extensive Dog Licensing, Permits Tomorrow (11/29)
Summary: On Wednesday, November 29, the Bakersfield City Council will discuss a proposal to overhaul the city’s laws related to dog ownership, dog breeding, and kennel licensing. As currently written, the proposal would, among many other changes: Require a kennel permit and possible inspections for anyone who owns more than three dogs at least twelve […] | November 28, 2023
AKC Comments on USDA APHIS’ Proposed African Swine Fever-Related Dog Import Requirements
Yesterday, the American Kennel Club (AKC) submitted a comment in support of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) proposed formalization of requirements that have been in place since August 2021 for the importation of live dogs for resale, whether through retail or wholesale channels or fee-based adoption, […] | November 28, 2023
MA Update: Comment Period Extended to December 8 for Barnstable Dog Control Regulations
The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently issued an alert that the Barnstable, Massachusetts, Department of Animal was proposing changes to its dog regulations. The town has notified AKC that the town manager has extended the deadline to submit comments to December 8. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Barnstable residents are encouraged to review the proposal and […] | November 27, 2023
OR Update: Radical Ballot Measure Impacting Dog Owners Likely Pushed to 2026
AKC has continued to track radical animal rights activists in their push to force a ballot initiative on Oregon voters in the November 2024 general election. Known as IP 3, or “The Abuse, Neglect, and Assault Exemption Modification and Improvement Act”, the initiative would ban many dog-training practices and classify some humane dog breeding practices […] | November 21, 2023
MA Alert: Request Clarification, Consistency to Barnstable Dog Control Regulations
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has learned that the Barnstable, Massachusetts, Department of Animal Control held an October 18 public hearing on changes to its dog regulations.  The proposal would: Establish a new “multiple dog licenses” category for a private residence maintaining four to six dogs or for breeding dogs for show or sport which […] | November 13, 2023
CA Update: State Legislative Session Ends; Updates on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
The California State Legislature has adjourned for the year, and the deadline has passed for the Governor to take action on legislation sent to his desk.   Overall, AKC is pleased with the outcome of the 2023 legislative session. AKC is proud to have supported a bill that will make Californians safer by providing access to […] | November 3, 2023
U.S. Congress: Ask Senators Collins and King TODAY to Oppose Harmful, Radical Change in Breeder Regulations
Your federal Senators, Sen. Collins and King, are currently under pressure from animal rights groups to sponsor legislation to radically expand and shift oversight of federal breeder regulations. Senators Collins and King need to hear from you TODAY!  Let them know you are a constituent and ask them to not sponsor or support S. 2555, […] | November 3, 2023
MA: Hybrid Public Hearing on Multiple Bills Impacting Dogs Wednesday 11/8 – Take Action Now!
On Wednesday, November 8, one dozen animal bills impacting dogs and breeders are on the agenda for review by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture (JENRA). The hybrid public hearing is scheduled to start at 1PM. The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department (AKC GR) has tracked most of these bills […] | October 31, 2023
Pennsylvania Update: Governor Signs Updating License Fees and Other Dog Law Changes
This week, Governor Josh Shapiro signed Senate Bill 746 into law (Act No. 18 of 2023), which makes several changes to the Commonwealth’s Dog Law, including requirements for licensed kennels (including rescues).  The Act becomes effective on January 21, 2024, and includes several changes including removing the difference in license fees for intact and sterilized animals.  It also […] | October 27, 2023

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