Pinellas County, FL: Public Hearing on Pet Seller Ordinance Scheduled for June 7
The Pinellas County (FL) Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, June 7, to discuss a proposed ordinance that seeks to ban opening new retail pet stores in the county, prevent the relocation or expansion of existing retail pet stores, and enact new requirements for retail pet stores. Click here, then […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/pinellas-county-fl-public-hearing-pet-seller-ordinance-scheduled-june-7/ | June 3, 2022
Wisconsin Update: Department Approves Fee Increases for Licensed Breeders
This week, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) finalized a number of fee increases for licensed sellers and dog facilities. The Dog Sellers and Facilities program began in 2011 and regulates facilities (including shelters), as well as individuals who sell 25 or more dogs per year, from at least three litters. […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/wisconsin-update-department-approves-fee-increases-licensed-breeders/ | June 3, 2022
Tennessee’s Two-year Legislative Session Ends with Wins for Dogs and Dog Owners
This week’s enactment of “Joker’s Law” wrapped up Tennessee’s 2021-2022 legislative session with several significant wins for dogs and dog owners. The American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) thanks AKC club members, dog owners, sportsmen, allied organizations, and every individual who contacted lawmakers about legislation that affects our dogs. A special thank you […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessees-two-year-legislative-session-ends-wins-dogs-dog-owners/ | June 3, 2022
Tennessee: Bill to Protect Police, Fire, Search-and-Rescue, and Service Dogs Enacted!
The voices of Tennessee dog owners were heard! Senate Bill 2013, legislation supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC), was signed by Governor Bill Lee on June 1st, and takes effect on July 1, 2022. Also known as “Joker’s Law,” this bill revises the offense of killing or severely injuring a police, fire, search-and-rescue, or […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-bill-protect-police-fire-search-rescue-service-dogs-enacted/ | June 2, 2022
NY Senate Passes Debarking Ban – Call the Assembly Today!
Yesterday, due to some late procedural moves, the New York Senate passed a statewide ban on “debarking” – a veterinary practice also known as bark softening – unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. The bill now goes to the Assembly, where it has been assigned to the Assembly […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ny-senate-passes-debarking-ban-call-assembly-today/ | June 2, 2022
Michigan: Bills Impacting Dog Ownership Rights to Be Considered June 14
A Michigan Senate committee has scheduled a hearing for June 14 on two bills (House Bills 4703 and 4704) that address the issue of animals being seized on cruelty charges, and the payment of their care during impoundment. As currently written, these bills could cause a person to permanently forfeit their animals even if they […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/michigan-bills-impacting-dog-ownership-rights-considered-june-14/ | June 2, 2022
VT Update: Provision Ensuring Domestic Animal Welfare Signed by Governor Scott!
Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed into law an amended H. 729! In support of this effort, the American Kennel Club (AKC) issued multiple alerts to ensure the development of a plan for the unification and improvement of state administrative functions relating to domestic animal welfare protections. One priority goal of the new law is […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/vt-update-provision-ensuring-domestic-animal-welfare-signed-governor-scott/ | June 1, 2022
RI Alert: Express Support Now for Bill Protecting Police K9s, Hearing This Week
On Thursday, June 2, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on multiple bills, including amended H.7021, which would allow emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty. The bill was voted favorably by the Rhode Island House of Representatives on May 3, and includes […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ri-alert-express-support-now-bill-protecting-police-k9s-hearing-week/ | May 31, 2022
California Update: Bills Impacting Dog Owners
AKC continues to monitor several bills impacting dog owners in California. Friday, May 27, was the deadline for bills to pass the chamber where they were introduced. Below are the latest updates, along with contact information if you wish to comment on any of these measures. AKC GR will continue to provide individual updates and […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-update-bills-impacting-dog-owners-3/ | May 31, 2022
New York: Bills Restricting “Debarking”, Pet Choice Still Pending – Call Today!
The New York General Assembly is heading into what is likely the last week of session for the year. While most bills impacting dog owners are no longer moving this year, bills that would essentially ban the veterinary practice of bark softening (“debarking”) and significantly restrict pet choice and breed rescue are still moving. New […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-york-bills-restricting-debarking-pet-choice-still-pending-call-today/ | May 31, 2022