Arizona Update: Amendment Protecting Lure Coursing Approved
Yesterday, the Arizona Senate approved the AKC-requested amendment to House Bill 2127 that will protect lure coursing, coursing ability tests, and other similar events in the state.  We greatly appreciate Senator Steve Yarbrough’s willingness to sponsor an amendment to ensure these important events are protected in Arizona.  The bill as amended is now pending a […] | April 1, 2016
California Boarding Kennel Bill Amended Again – Hearing April 4th
Senate Bill 945, which will establish standards of care for pet boarding facilities, has been amended again. Affected handlers, kennels and responsible dog owners and breeders who will be impacted should contact the author with concerns prior to the April 4th hearing.  You may read the amended language here. Senator Bill Monning  (Author, SB 945) […] | April 1, 2016
Ask Maryland Senate to Remove Inaccurate, Misleading Statements about Breeders from Bill
The Maryland Senate is expected to consider a bill any day that contains some very troubling legislative findings (including implying that breeders are the reason dogs end up in shelters). The purpose of the bill is to ensure that pet stores and dealers in Maryland only obtain dogs from reputable breeders, and many positive amendments […] | March 31, 2016
Ask Arizona Senate to Support Amendment Protecting Lure Coursing
A bill is moving through the Arizona Senate that would impact live dog racing in the state.  As defined in state law, “live dog racing” is defined as “racing in which greyhound dogs chase a mechanical lure.”  As a result, the bill would have inadvertently prohibited all lure coursing, Coursing ability and similar events in […] | March 30, 2016
Ask NY Senate to Support Bill Criminalizing Pet Theft
A bill is moving in the New York Senate that would make it a crime to steal a pet from an owner’s or lawful custodian’s private property.  New York residents are encouraged to contact their State Senator and ask them to support Senate Bill 423.  The bill has passed Senate committees and is pending a […] | March 30, 2016
NY Information: Bill would Require USDA Class A Dealers to Obtain Municipal Dog Licenses
A bill is advancing in the New York Assembly that would require all USDA Class A dealers to purchase municipal dog licenses, among other requirements. Current law requires that dog owners in cities with populations over 2 million must obtain dog licenses and have their dogs vaccinated against rabies if the dog is over 4 […] | March 28, 2016
URGENT: TN Dog Breeder Legislation Proposed Via Last-Minute Political Maneuver – Take Action Tonight
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED! Rep. Mike Stewart has filed a last-minute amendment to an unrelated bill that seeks to enact problematic dog breeder legislation.  This action seeks to bypass the political process under which a bill is assigned to committee for careful consideration and a vote.  Further, this amendment has been filed without notification to constituent […] | March 23, 2016
Alaska Info: Regulatory Proposal Seeks to Prohibit Hunting with Dogs
March 22, 2016 The Alaska Board of Game, part of the state’s Department of Fish and Game, will be considering almost 140 regulatory proposals at meetings scheduled to take place from March 18 to March 28.  Proposal 69 seeks to prohibit statewide hunting with domestic dogs.  All concerned residents, clubs, and allied organizations are strongly […] | March 22, 2016
Illinois Bill Streamlining Forfeiture of Animals on Suspicion of Cruelty to be Considered Tomorrow
The Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill TOMORROW (Wednesday, March 16) that would streamline the current process whereby individuals may permanently lose their dogs on suspicion of cruelty – even before a trial begins.  Illinois residents are strongly encouraged to contact the committee and sponsor before the hearing at 3:30 pm tomorrow to […] | March 15, 2016
Illinois: Support Bill to Allow Law Enforcement to Adopt Retired Service Animals
The Illinois Senate State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Thursday, March 17, that would allow officers or employees who had custody or control of a service, police, or search and rescue dog the option to keep the dog on its retirement from service.  The American Kennel Club supports […] | March 14, 2016

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