Pennsylvania: Committee Considering Bill on Monday 6/3 Regarding Boarding Dogs from Out-of-State
The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 2354 on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 11:15a.  As introduced, HB 2354 seeks to address concerns expressed by boarding kennels along the state borders. Those who are impacted by both the current Pennsylvania boarding kennel requirements and those proposed by HB […] | May 31, 2024
California Update: Two Law Enforcement K-9 Bills Advancing
Last week, two closely watched bills that would affect how law enforcement K-9s are deployed advanced out of the State Assembly and were transmitted to the senate for consideration. Although these bills are separate, they are related in that they are advancing as a package and both would need to become law during the 2023-2024 […] | May 31, 2024
NH: New Animal Transfer Rules Proposed
In addition to the proposed rules announced last week, the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food (Department) has announced additional proposed rules to incorporate changes required by 2021’s HB 2. These amendments to the regulations on the Transfer of Animals and Birds include: An increase in the number of dogs transferred in a […] | May 30, 2024
New York: Debarking Ban Continues to Advance – Contact Your Assemblymember
A bill that would ban “debarking” – a recognized veterinary practice also known as bark softening – continues to advance in the New York Assembly.  With only a few days of session remaining, it is possible this could continue to move quickly. The bill is pending in the Rules Committee, which is a procedural step […] | May 30, 2024
U.S. Congress Constituent Update: Committee Approves House Farm Bill with Important Priorities for Dog Lovers. Thank your member in one click.
Early this morning, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee approved a House Farm Bill (H.R. 8467) that supports important priorities for dog enthusiasts and responsible breeders, including canine health, welfare and the rights of responsible dog owners. The bill was also approved without problematic potential amendments outlined in the May 17 alert.    We thank everyone […] | May 24, 2024
NH: Regulations Proposed to Implement 2021 Electronic Animal Records Database Law
In 2021, New Hampshire signed HB 2 into law, which included the establishment of a new electronic statewide animal records database.  The bill required the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food (Department) to design, establish, and contract with a third party for the implementation of an electronic system to facilitate the handling of […] | May 24, 2024
New York: Ask Your State Senator to Support Two Bills Benefitting Dogs and Dog Owners
The New York Senate is expected to soon consider two bills that would have a significant positive impact on dogs and dog owners in New York. AKC encourages New York residents to join us in support of these bills by contacting your State Senator today and asking them to support Senate Bill 7416, to protect […] | May 23, 2024
California: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Pets, Domestic Violence Victims
In June, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will consider a bill that seeks to expands the definition of stalking to include behavior that seeks to harm or threaten a domestic violence victim’s pets, service animals, or emotional support animals. This bill would bring California in line with the federal stalking statute. AKC encourages California […] | May 23, 2024
South Carolina Governor Signs Two Bills Affecting Dogs and Dog Owners
 South Carolina’s two-year legislative session adjourned on May 9, 2024, and this week Governor Henry McMaster signed into law two bills that affect dogs and dog owners: House Bill 4611 makes it an offense for a person to intentionally remove or destroy an electronic collar or other electronic device that was placed on a dog […] | May 22, 2024
California Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
Last week was a pivotal point in the California Legislature with the deadline passing for bills to clear fiscal committees in their house of origin to be eligible for further advancement during the session. This year was especially challenging for bills that increased spending given the state’s sizeable budget deficit. Below are updates of key […] | May 22, 2024

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