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At the request of the author, California Assembly Bill 742 limiting the use of police canines has been moved to the inactive file, meaning it will not advance this session.

After recent amendments, this bill would have restricted the use of police canines for the purpose of arrest, apprehension, or any form of crowd control. AKC recognizes the value of highly trained working K9s for a wide variety of jobs including detection, search and rescue, and other public safety functions.  Rather than limiting the safety functions of properly trained working K9s, AKC supports a focus on ensuring that law enforcement canines and their handlers have the proper and up-to-date training, certifications, and knowledge of best practices to keep all Californians safe.

Read AKC’s previous alert for more information on this bill.

AKC Government Relations continues to monitor bills in California impacting dog owners and will provide updates.  For questions or more information on California legislation, contact AKC GR at