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October 9, 2019

Please forward to those who own, breed, and raise dogs in Iowa, as well as those involved with rescue activities in the state:

This morning, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) posted new proposed regulations regarding animal welfare, and is seeking public comment until October 30.

This comprehensive proposal, currently being reviewed by AKC Government Relations, will replace the current regulations on animal welfare and in part address kennels, rescues, and shelters, as well as care for animals in facilities licensed in Iowa and regulated in Iowa Code.  The regulations will impact many hobbyists, as current Iowa law defines a commercial breeder as anyone who has more than three breeding dogs (male or female) and sells or exchanges even one dog in exchange for any consideration (Please note: This definition cannot be changed in these regulations, as it is part of Iowa Code).

Visit the Iowa Administrative Rules website to view the proposal.  The current regulations may be viewed on the Iowa Legislature’s website.

How to Comment on the Proposal:

IDALS is seeking public input and has indicated to the American Kennel Club that they want to hear from Iowa breeders and hobbyists.  AKC greatly appreciates that IDALS continues to communicate with the AKC throughout this process and seek out input.

There are multiple ways to provide comments:

1) Comment online – The proposal may be viewed on the Iowa Administrative Rules website.  Comments may be made by clicking a specific section in the document itself or by clicking the “Comment Now” button on the right side of the page.

2) Attend the October 30 public hearing – A public hearing will be held where you may provide comments orally or in writing.  The details are as follows:

IDALS Regulations Public Hearing
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9:00-10:00 am
Second Floor Conference Room
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa

AKC Government Relations is currently reviewing the proposal and will be providing more information soon.   For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at