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This week, the Georgia Senate enacted Senate Resolution 868, which recognizes May 1, 2022, as Purebred Dog Day in Georgia.  Congratulations to Gail LaBerge, president of the Georgia Canine Coalition (GCC); the American Kennel Club (AKC)-affiliated clubs and individuals who, through the GCC, are the collective voice of responsible dog owners in Georgia; and purebred dog owners across the state for their work to achieve this recognition.

Dog owners in Georgia are encouraged to thank the sponsors of the resolution:

Senator Clint Dixon,
Senator Russ Goodman,
Senator Bo Hatchett,
Senator Chuck Hufstetler,
Senator Lee Anderson,
Senator Jeff Mullis,

Text of SR 868:

A RESOLUTION Recognizing May 1, 2022, as Purebred Dog Day in Georgia; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, dedicated individuals in Georgia breed dogs to develop unique predictable characteristics that enable dogs to excel in a wide range of beneficial areas; and

WHEREAS, purebred dogs are living legacies of the cultures that created them, and historically, these dogs worked alongside their people and provided them companionship; and

WHEREAS, the service of these breeds continues as they work alongside humans and provide inestimable companionship as guide dogs, service dogs, conservation dogs, livestock guardians, search and rescue dogs, earth dogs, police dogs, canine soldiers serving by the sides of our military men and women, and guardians of family, home, and hearth; and

WHEREAS, purebred dogs have been of enormous help to medical science, serving as models for many heritable human diseases, playing a role in humanity’s understanding of the human and canine genomes, and benefitting pharmaceutical research and development; and

WHEREAS, purebred dogs are working dogs, serving as avalanche dogs, trackers and trailers, herders, controllers of vermin, water rescuers, carting and sled dogs, retrievers, protectors, hunters, and bird dogs; and

WHEREAS, all dogs should be valued whatever their ancestry, but the purpose-bred dog and the predictability of its breed should be cherished and preserved; and

WHEREAS, each breed is incredibly etched in the history of the culture that created it, just as surely as that culture’s music, art, and language, making it abundantly fitting that we recognize purebred dogs.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body recognize May 1, 2022, as Purebred Dog Day in the State of Georgia.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the public and the press.

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