USDA/APHIS Releases Q&A Guidance Document on Retail Pet Store Rule and Dog Importation
September 30, 2015 Late yesterday, the U.S Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released additional guidance in a Question and Answer format to assist pet breeders, brokers, adoption organizations, importers, transporters and other groups who may be subject to licensing under the federal Animal Welfare Act.    The Retail Pet Store […] | September 30, 2015
Hempstead, NY Proposal Would Regulate Breeders as Pet Stores, Impose Spay/Neuter Policies
The Hempstead Town Board is continuing to debate a proposal that would regulate breeders, pet sellers, and mandate the sterilization of dogs prior to sale- even if they are only 8 weeks old.     Residents of the Town of Hempstead are encouraged to contact the Hempstead Town Board as soon as possible and respectfully ask […] | September 22, 2015
Ask the Michigan Senate to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed-Specific Laws
A bill has passed two Michigan Senate committees that would prohibit local governments in the state from enacting or enforcing laws that focus solely on a dog’s breed.  The AKC supports Senate Bill 239, which would ensure that local governments regulate dogs based on specific actions, rather than their appearance.  Governments could still pass animal […] | September 21, 2015
NC Victory: Legislature Passes Budget Without Animal Welfare Fund Transfer, Veterinary Tax
This week the North Carolina General Assembly approved the state budget for next year.  Previous versions of the budget had included items of significant concern to the AKC, such as a transfer of the animal welfare budget and oversight away from the Department of Agriculture.  Another version included a tax on veterinary services.  Neither of […] | September 18, 2015
Ulster County, NY Update: Hobby Breeder Regulations to Be Discussed in October
The Ulster County Legislature has made numerous changes to the proposal that would regulate dog breeders and sellers in the county, and a public hearing will be held in October. The Ulster County Legislature is demonstrating a willingness to listen to constituents on this proposal, and residents are encouraged to continue contacting the legislators to […] | September 17, 2015
Ulster County, NY Update: Hobby Breeder Regulations Vote Tabled
The Ulster County Legislature has decided to not proceed with a vote on an ordinance that would have regulated breeders and imposed kennel requirements that were not in the best interest of dogs.  The AKC was pleased to assist the efforts of local clubs and hobbyists who worked tirelessly to educate the legislature on the […] | August 19, 2015
URGENT: Ulster County, NY Considering Regulation of Hobby Breeders—Call Today!
The Ulster County Legislature is considering a proposal that would regulate hobby breeders in the county and could vote as early as tomorrow (Tuesday, August 18).  County residents are urged to contact the legislature immediately and urge them to not allow this proposal to pass as it is currently written.  Type in your address on […] | August 17, 2015
Kansas City, MO Seeking Public Input on Animal Control Laws
Officials in Kansas City, Missouri, are seeking input from residents on what they think could improve the city’s animal control laws. The city has set up a website with a message board to comment on things that are working in the law, and constructive suggestions for changes.  This is a great opportunity for those who […] | August 13, 2015
Iredell County (NC) Considering Multiple Changes to Animal Control Laws
Iredell County, NC, will be hosting an open meeting on August 25 to allow for public comment on the numerous proposed changes to the county’s animal control laws.  These proposals include the broad categorization of all dogs as solely companion animals, requirements on ear cropping, tail docking and dewclaw removal, and tethering regulations. Summary: The […] | August 11, 2015
Ulster County (NY) Considering Breeder Regulations on Wednesday (8/12)
The Ulster County Legislature is holding a public hearing on Wednesday on a proposal that would regulate hobby breeders residing in the county.  County residents are encouraged to consider attending the hearing and contact the county legislators to express concerns with the proposal as currently written.  The meeting information is as follows: Public Hearing on […] | August 10, 2015

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