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The Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee is considering Assembly Bill 86 in a hearing on May 16. The bill has already passed unanimously out of the state Assembly. AKC is asking for your help in supporting this reasonable cruelty bill that contains several AKC amendments as it makes its way through the state Senate.


Assembly Bill 86 updates state animal cruelty laws in a thoughtful and measured way that eschews one-size-fits-all mandates. The AKC has been working with the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy, and other stakeholders to ensure that both animals and responsible animal owners are protected. We thank Assemblymember Hardy for her willingness to work with us. The AKC supports this bill as written.

What You Can Do:

If you would like to include your written support for Assembly Bill 86 ahead of the May 16 hearing, you can do so here. Be sure to include that you support these reasonable updates to animal cruelty laws that protect the welfare of animals and responsible animal owners.

On the day of the hearing (Tuesday, May 16 at 3:30 pm), you can include your public comments by dialing (888) 475-4499. When prompted, provide the Meeting ID 84298603004 and then press #. When prompted for a Participant ID, press #.

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