MA Action Alert: Oppose Bills Restricting Dog Owners and Kennels by October 3, 2023!
The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government (JCMRG) has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 1pm to 5pm, and will accept comments until October 3, on multiple animal bills, including two opposed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). TO INCREASE KENNEL SAFETY, AKA “OLLIE’S LAW” In the wake of […] | September 20, 2023
Forsyth Co., GA: Hearing THURSDAY (9/21/23) on Regulating Pet Sellers and Buyers
On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a second public hearing and may vote to enact significant changes to the county’s animal ordinance. Among its many provisions, the proposal would establish new licensing and registration requirements both for breeders and for and individuals who sell/transfer just two dogs or […] | September 19, 2023
CA Information Update: Bills to expand Veterinary Care
On Thursday, September 14, California’s 2023 legislative session came to end. Below are two related bills that passed the Legislature and regarding veterinary care. The AKC is not taking a position or commenting on these bills. Both bills await action from Gov. Newsom by October 14. If you would like to comment on either bill, […] | September 19, 2023
Louisville/Jefferson Co., KY: Animal Ordinance Has Problematic Definitions, Guts Consumer Protections
On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 5:00pm, the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Council Public Safety Committee will meet via videoconference to consider a proposed animal ordinance that, among other provisions, seeks to: Define “retail pet store” as a commercial establishment that sells or offers for sale animals on its premises at retail and notwithstanding what type […] | September 18, 2023
CA Update: Ask Governor to Support Two Bill Protecting Dogs and Dog Owners
On Thursday, September 14, California’s 2023 legislative session came to end. Below are two related bills supported by AKC that unanimously passed the Legislature and will enable Californians with pets to access emergency, domestic violence, and homeless shelters across the state. Both bills await action from Gov. Newsom by October 14. Please register your support […] | September 18, 2023
Gadsden, AL: Ask Council to Repeal Mandatory/Spay Neuter Law
Despite strong objections by residents and the current lack of subsidized spay/neuter services, an overreaching mandatory spay/neuter law enacted by the Gadsden City Council in July 2023 remains on the books. This law continues to criminalize many responsible dog owners in the community. An alternate proposed law that would replace the spay/neuter law is expected […] | September 14, 2023
OR Update: Push for “Animal Cruelty” Ballot Measure – Do Not Sign
AKC continues to track radical animal rights activists in their push to force a ballot initiative on Oregon voters for next November’s general election. Summary: To recap, IP 3, or “The Abuse, Neglect, and Assault Exemption Modification and Improvement Act” would have a devasting impact on everyday life for Oregonians, including: Ban all hunting and […] | September 8, 2023
California Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
The California Legislature is considering two bills impacting dog owners as the session nears its end. To see the complete list visit, the AKC legislative tracker in the AKC Legislative Action Center at  AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to provide updates and alerts on these and other bills that could impact you. […] | September 7, 2023
Comment Today on Rabies Importation Rules Proposed By CDC, Support Option 2
As noted in a July alert, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proposed new rules to address the public health risks of dog-maintained rabies virus variant (DMRVV) associated with the importation of dogs from overseas. The CDC’s public comment period closes Friday, September 8, 2023.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports […] | September 6, 2023
Federal Anti-Breeder Proposals: Time is Running Out, Contact Your Member of Congress
Animal Activists are pushing federal breeder restrictions that could require small hobby breeders to place their dogs in industrial, commercial-style kennels and impose arbitrary, one-size-fits-all requirements that could undermine proper care of dogs. Members of Congress are currently in their local, “home” districts. They are hearing from many anti-breeder activists who want the so-called Puppy […] | August 31, 2023

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