Ask Michigan Senate to Support New Rescue Regulations
The Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee has approved a positive bill that seeks to regulate rescues and foster homes in the state. Senate Bill 419, which includes several amendments requested by the AKC and the Michigan Association for Pure-Bred Dogs, seeks to regulate “animal rescues”, defined as a person that acquires an animal for the purpose […] | June 29, 2020
Utah: Governor Signs Bill Providing Certain COVID Liability Protections
The Governor of Utah has signed Senate Bill 5003, which provides certain liability protections when there has been exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This new law may be of potential interest to some AKC-affiliated clubs with deep concerns about conducting their events while under a higher-than-normal exposure to liability risks. Among other provisions, the new […] | June 29, 2020
Montana: Helena to Hold Public Hearing on Animal Control Rewrite on July 13
The City of Helena is proposing a rewrite of its animal control code, with a particular focus on nuisance and dangerous dogs, and revised licensing requirements for those who own multiple dogs.  A public hearing has been scheduled for July 13, 2020 (Scroll down for more information). Helena residents and those who participate in events […] | June 29, 2020
Washington Info: Amendments to Hunting Contest Rules Proposed, Field Trials Not Impacted
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the regulations for hunting contests. In Washington, permits are issued to non-profit organizations to hold a hunting contest, whereby a monetary prize of up to $2,000 may be offered to the contest participant who harvests the most animals.  WDFW […] | June 24, 2020
U.S. Congress: Ask Your Member of Congress to Support the Healthy Dog Import Act (HR 6921)
Increasing demand for pets and restrictive breeder laws mean that U.S. breeders cannot meet the demand for dogs in the U.S. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately one million dogs are imported into the United States annually. This has resulted in increasing reported incidents of imported dogs bringing contagious diseases […] | June 17, 2020
Aiken County, SC: County Council Tables Animal Ordinance, Could Reconsider in July
In response to input from residents regarding a proposed animal ordinance, the Aiken County Council voted to table the measure. It could be reconsidered at a July 2020 meeting. The American Kennel Club (AKC) thanks council members for their receptiveness to the concerns of residents.  View AKC’s 6/15/20 legislative alert on this issue.     Help Ensure […] | June 17, 2020
Iowa: Cruelty Bill Heading to Governor
The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that will amend several of the state’s cruelty laws. A number of confusing and problematic provisions were removed from the bill, but some questions still remain.  House File 737 will soon be sent to the governor; those who reside or participate in dog events in Iowa are encouraged […] | June 17, 2020
Pennsylvania Update: Senate Passes Dangerous Dog Legislation
The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed Senate Bill 798 which seeks to make changes to the Commonwealth’s Dangerous Dog Law by changing definitions, increasing a fee, and eliminating the need to prove vicious propensity or history of attacks in determining that a dog is a dangerous dog under the law. AKC has concerns about this measure. […] | June 16, 2020
Aiken County, SC: URGENT, Public Hearing and Vote on Egregious, Overreaching Animal Ordinance TOMORROW, 6/16/20
A public hearing followed by a vote to enact a problematic new Aiken County animal ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  Attendance at the public hearing will be limited.  Please scroll down to view meeting and contact information. Provisions of the Proposed Ordinance Include:  Does your dog bark or do your livestock animals […] | June 15, 2020
Colorado: Aurora Seeking Public Input on Breed Ban, New Dangerous Dog Proposal
The City of Aurora, Colorado, is seeking public input into two areas of their policy regarding dangerous dogs: The current breed ban, and a new proposed new dangerous dog law. AKC encourages people who reside in Aurora to provide input to the city on both provisions. Encourage the city on focus on promoting responsible dog […] | June 12, 2020

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