MA Update: Committee to Consider Requiring Licensing for Dog Events on July 19
A Massachusetts legislative committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1023 on July 19 - a bill that would significantly change the definition of kennel to encompass training facilities or any dog event with more than 12 dogs. All those meeting the new criteria would be required to comply with all state and local licensing […] | July 11, 2011
Suffolk County, NY Schedules Bill Attacking Dog Breeders and the AKC
The Suffolk County, New York Legislature has scheduled a public hearing on August 2 for IR-1545, a measure that contains numerous inaccurate, misleading, and unsubstantiated claims that impugn the integrity of the American Kennel Club and the many responsible local AKC dog owners and breeders who devote their lives to the wellbeing of dogs. The […] | July 11, 2011
Governor Perry Signs TX HB 1451 Into Law
Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed House Bill 1451 into law. AKC opposed this legislation as it will negatively impact responsible owners and breeders and will not improve animal welfare in Texas. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is ordered to promulgate regulations by March 31, 2012. Those meeting the thresholds set forth in […] | June 18, 2011
House Bill 1451 on Intent Calendar – More Calls, Emails & Letters Needed!
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee has approved a new substitute version of HB 1451, and this bill is headed to the floor for a vote of the full Senate. It was placed on the intent calendar late today and is eligible to be voted on ANYTIME NOW! It is imperative that Senators hear from their […] | May 19, 2011
Texas Breeder Restriction Bill HR 1451 Passes Senate Committee – OPPOSITION NEEDED!
On Thursday, May 12th, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice held a public hearing on House Bill 1451. A vote was not taken at that time. However, in a quick follow-up hearing with little public notice today at Senator Whitmire’s desk, a substitute measure was passed by a vote of 4-0. This measure is now […] | May 13, 2011
MA Committee to Consider Numerous Dog Bills on May 11
April 29, 2011 The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government will consider a series of dog bills at its hearing on May 11, 2011.  Responsible dog owners in Massachusetts are encouraged to attend the hearing or contact the committee with comments on any of the bills on the agenda. View the names and […] | April 29, 2011
OK Update: House Could Consider Breeder Law Changes Today (4/26)
Senate Bill 637, which seeks to amend the Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Act, is expected to be considered by the House of Representatives as early as today.    If you would like to contact your State Representative regarding this measure, click here and insert your address to view their name and contact information. Scroll down […] | April 26, 2011
TX Update: HB 1451 Scheduled for Major State Calendar on 4/26
The American Kennel Club wishes to extend profound thanks to Representative David Simpson for his help in removing House Bill 1451 from the Local, Consent and Resolutions Calendar. House Bill 1451 is now on the Major State Calendar for Tuesday, April 26th. This means that legislators will cast individual votes on the bill.  It is VITAL […] | April 21, 2011
Urgent Texas Alert: Breeder Bill Advances
- Contact Your Representative TODAY! [April 8, 2011] The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department has just learned that House Bill 1451, which seeks to establish extensive regulations for dog breeders, has been rushed through committee and will likely be considered by the House of Representatives any day.  It is imperative that all responsible dog […] | April 8, 2011
CO Victory: Harsh Seizure/Impoundment Bill Defeated
Colorado Senate Bill 11-009, which made significant changes to the impoundment laws and the ability of owners to get their animals back if they are seized during a cruelty investigation, was postponed indefinitely in the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee and will not advance this year. The AKC strongly supports the humane treatment […] | March 22, 2011

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