New Jersey Committee to Consider Dog Bills on Thursday, May 19
Monday, May 16, 2016 The New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider two dog-related bills on Thursday, May 19.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all dog owners in New Jersey to review the proposals and contact the members of the committee with any concerns you may have.  Assembly Bill 308 seeks […] | May 16, 2016
NC: Ask House to Support Bill Letting Law Enforcement Personnel Adopt Retired Working Dogs
A bill was approved yesterday by the North Carolina House Local Government Committee that would expand the laws allowing law enforcement officers to adopt the animals they worked with once the animals are retired.  In 2015, a law was passed on this issue, but it only applied to the City of Raleigh and Mecklenburg County.  […] | May 13, 2016
Iowa Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Harmful Breeder Legislation
The Iowa State Legislature adjourned on Friday evening for the year and once again no legislation that would negatively impact breeders and dog owners was passed.  For the past several years, legislation has been introduced that would have further regulated those who maintain at least four intact dogs and receive any kind of consideration for […] | May 2, 2016
Ask the US Senate to Support National Purebred Dog Day Resolution
Yesterday, a resolution was introduced in the U.S. Senate to declare May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day.  Senate Resolution 447 “designates May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day in celebration of purebred dogs and the many service and companion benefits purebred dogs have and continue to provide to the United States.” The resolution further […] | April 29, 2016
National Purebred Dog Day is May 1 – Show your Support
Purebred dogs play a special and important role in our lives. On May 1, the American Kennel Club invites you to join us as we honor the pride, predictability, and purpose of purebred dogs and promote the preservation of these breeds.  The May 1st National Purebred Dog Day movement was created by Colorado resident and […] | April 28, 2016
USDA Updates Online Course for Dog Breeders
The United States Department of Agriculture today released an updated version of its online course for dog breeders.  This course provides the latest information on the federal Animal Welfare Act regulations and licensing requirements.  The program includes information on the pre-licensing process, and guidelines and suggestions to help breeders be in compliance.  The course can […] | April 21, 2016
Colton, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter TODAY, Tuesday, April 19th – OPPOSITION NEEDED!
AKC Government Relations has just learned that the Colton City Council will consider an ordinance (p. 315-353) to require the sterilization of all dogs and cats within the city limits with only vague, limited exemptions and establish a limit of ten (10) dogs per single family dwelling unit. It is vital that responsible dog owners […] | April 19, 2016
Illinois Committee to Consider Bill Infringing on Animal Ownership Rights on 4/19
An Illinois committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Tuesday, April 19, that would make several changes to the laws regarding those charged with cruelty and whose animals are seized. AKC’s concerns with HB 4443 include the following: Requirement that peace officers arrest without a warrant or “issue a notice to appear in person” […] | April 15, 2016
CT Alert: AKC Concerned with SB 228, HB 5344 – Efforts to Undermine Property Rights in Animals
Friday, April 15, 2016 Connecticut Senate Bill 228, which seeks to allow non-economic damages in cases involving injury to a pet, and House Bill 5344, which seeks to create court-appointed animal advocates in court cases involving pets, are currently pending in the Connecticut General Assembly.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) believes that far-reaching unintended consequences […] | April 15, 2016
Ask Missouri House to Support Ending Breed-Specific Laws
The Missouri House is expected to vote any day on a bill that would prohibit municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies.  It would also void any current local breed-specific policies or regulations in the state.   Municipalities would still be permitted to protect public health and safety by enacting other policies (including policies for at-large dogs), so […] | April 12, 2016

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