Victory for Ohio Dogs and Breeders
On Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law that will have a significant positive impact on dogs, dog owners, breeders, and sportsmen throughout Ohio. House Bill 506, which contains numerous amendments requested by the AKC, is a compromise bill developed with a broad range of stakeholders concerned about animal welfare in the state.  The […] | July 2, 2018
Breaking News Update: Dallas City Council Passes Changes to City’s Animal Ordinances
1PM - AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) has received word that all proposed changes to the City of Dallas’ animal ordinances under consideration today have been passed by the City Council.  Reports indicate that the Council failed to address the concerns expressed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and by many concerned clubs, breeders, owners, […] | June 27, 2018
New York Legislature Adjourns, Resulting in Numerous Victories for Dogs
The New York Assembly and Senate officially adjourned, resulting in several victories for responsible owners, breeders, and hobbyists in the state. Thanks to your phone calls and emails, bills did not advance that would have regulated hobby breeders, created unclear regulations for dog trainers, or made dangerous and unreasonable changes to the state’s consumer protection […] | June 26, 2018
AKC Reiterates Concerns with Dallas Proposal
As previously reported, the Dallas City Council will consider changes to its animal ordinances at its Wednesday, June 27, meeting.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) expressed concerns with the proposal, and encouraged residents and other grassroots contacts to also share their concerns with the Dallas City Council.  Late yesterday, stakeholders received feedback from Council staff […] | June 26, 2018
Dallas to Consider Imposing Mandatory Spay/Neuter on All Dogs Redeemed from Shelter, Other Changes
On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the Dallas City Council is scheduled to consider two dog-related ordinance changes that were recently passed by its Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture Committee at the urging of Dallas Animal Services.  One non-controversial change would amend the city’s dangerous dog law.  Another change, however, would require any animal redeemed […] | June 15, 2018
Broward County, FL— Council Votes TOMORROW on Reduced Representation for Animal Owners
The Broward County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote tomorrow, June 5, on a measure that would reduce the number of seats on the county Animal Care Advisory Committee from 18 to 11 members, thereby reducing the number of seats available to animal owners, breeders, and pet professionals in the community. Concerned citizens are […] | June 4, 2018
New USDA Rule Broadens Thresholds for De Minimis Activity and Exemptions From AWA Licensing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a final rule that updates  animal welfare regulations to implement a 2014 amendment to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).   These changes will allow APHIS, “to more effectively use its resources while ensuring the humane treatment of regulated animals under the […] | June 1, 2018
AKC GR Announcement: Technical Glitch Affecting Some Past Legislative Alerts
The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) has become aware of a technical issue affecting some legislative alerts.  Unfortunately, due to a glitch on our new website, user searches are returning old legislative alerts that are missing a date of publication.  As a result, years-old alerts are appearing on the website as if […] | May 30, 2018
Victory! USDA Will Not Recognize Third-Party Inspections and Certifications
The American Kennel Club (AKC) applauds the decision announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that it will not establish new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs when determining APHIS’ own inspection frequency under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Earlier this year, APHIS requested […] | May 25, 2018
New Jersey Info: Senate Committee to Consider Dog-Related Bills on Thursday, May 31
The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to consider several dog-related bills on Thursday, May 31, 2018.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages New Jersey residents to contact the committee members to respectfully share their views on the bills. Senate Bill 381 – This bill seeks to prohibit those found to have violated […] | May 25, 2018

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