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The AKC Government Relations Department has learned that House Bill 5095, which seeks to limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a single premises and defines “large scale commercial breeder kennel”, has been added to the House of Representatives agenda for Thursday, December 4, 2014, as a “Possible Addition” to the bills to be heard on third reading. This means the bill may receive a final vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday if called.

As currently written, HB 5095 will:

  • Limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a single premises, and
  • Define a “large scale commercial dog breeder kennel” based on how many intact female dogs a person owns (15 over the age of four months), rather than actual sales.

The American Kennel Club continues to request the removal of the definition of “high volume commercial dog breeder kennel” and the arbitrary ownership limit. Click here to view AKC’s previous Legislative Alert on MI HB 5095.

The bill also creates new regulations and reporting requirements for animal control, and new regulations regarding the importation of dogs into the state. The AKC does not object to these provisions.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Michigan residents are strongly encouraged to contact their State Representative and ask them to oppose the problematic ownership limit and “large scale commercial dog breeder kennel” definition. Click here to find the name and contact information for your State Representative.

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.

The AKC Government Relations Department has learned that House Bill 5095, which seeks…

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