New York: Ask Town of Greenburgh to Not Limit Pet Choice
The Town of Greenburgh, NY, is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, December 11, on a proposal that will prohibit retail pet stores from selling any dogs or cats.  Instead, they would only be allowed to “showcase” animals available for adoption from a shelter, rescue, or adoption agency. Current state law requires that pet dealers […] | December 10, 2019
FLORIDA UPDATE: Support Positive Amendment to Animal Cruelty Bill (SB522). Contact Committee Prior to Vote on Tuesday, 12/10/19
The voices of responsible Florida dog owners made a difference, and an amendment was filed to Florida Senate Bill 522. AKC urges responsible dog owners to contact committee members immediately in support of the proposed changes that address the vast majority of issues with the original measure.  In addition, AKC Government Relations has recommended an […] | December 9, 2019
FLORIDA: Bill that Criminalizes Allowing Dogs Outside Under Numerous Conditions Is Up for Vote Tuesday, 12/10/19
A Florida bill that is up for vote in committee on Tuesday, 12/10/19, would make it a criminal offense to allow a dog to be outside and unattended when the temperature is below 32 degrees or during a severe weather advisory/warning, even if the dog is never at risk or suffers no harm. Senate Bill […] | December 6, 2019
Iowa Update: New Changes to Animal Welfare Regulations Published
Yesterday, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship published the final updates to the state’s animal welfare regulations. Visit the IDALS website to view the regulations in their entirety.  AKC thanks all those who took the time to submit comments to the department. Summary: The purpose of these updates in part is to address […] | December 5, 2019
Update: Senate Proposal Fails, But U.S. House Proposal Requiring Publication of Breeders’ Private Information Remains
Recently, AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) reported on a troublesome amendment to the U.S. Senate FY 2020 combined “minibus” Appropriations Bill that would mirror a U.S. House proposal removing certain privacy protections for USDA licensed pet breeders. We are pleased to report that the proposal failed in the Senate bill. However, the troublesome language does remain […] | December 5, 2019
MA Update: Nero’s Bill Moves Forward Favorably!
The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security has reviewed HB 2037 and SB 1431 providing for EMT care and transportation of police dogs injured in the line of duty and just favorably released a re-drafted bill, now SB 2423, to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.  In addition to authorizing EMTs to […] | November 25, 2019
Johnson City, TN: Final Vote TOMORROW, 11/21/19, on Overreaching and Problematic Animal Ordinance. Contact Commissioners Today.
The Johnson City Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a third and final vote on Thursday, November 21, 2019 to enact an overreaching new animal ordinance.  Proponents of the ordinance state that they will immediately seek to pass this same legislation throughout Washington County. AKC agrees with the city’s intent to protect dogs in […] | November 20, 2019
Maryland: Prince George’s County Considering Changes to Breed-Specific, Other Animal Laws on Tuesday (11/19)
The Prince George’s County Council (Maryland) is scheduled to consider numerous changes to the county’s animal laws on Tuesday, November 19, at 1:30 pm. Several weeks ago, a county committee approved multiple amendments, including repealing the county’s long-standing breed-specific laws and instituting new, comprehensive dangerous dog laws.  This will be considered on Tuesday, along with […] | November 15, 2019
RI: Smithfield Town Council to Consider Pet Retail Sales Ban on December 17
Monday, November 11, 2019 A problematic proposed ordinance in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which seeks to ban the sale of animals in any retail pet store or commercial establishment, is scheduled for public hearing on December 17, 2019.  The proposed change to Chapter 126, regarding “Animals,” would instead allow pet stores, retail businesses, or other commercial […] | November 11, 2019
Pennsylvania: New Cumberland Considering Ownership Limits on November 6
On Wednesday, November 6, the New Cumberland (PA) Borough Council is scheduled to consider a proposal that would limit the number of animals that may be kept or maintained on any property. The proposal states that “due to the close proximity of the properties” in the Borough, no one may keep or maintain on a […] | November 1, 2019

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