MA Alert: Ask Joint Committee to Support Service Dogs on September 17th
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 On Tuesday, September 17 at 1pm, the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Committee on Judiciary will consider HB 3657 regarding the misrepresentation of service animals.  The bill ensures that individuals and businesses will be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, by making the misrepresentation of a pet dog as a service […] | September 11, 2019
New Hunting Regulations Issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued new finalized station-specific hunting and sport fishing regulations.  According to its summary, the FWS will open seven National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) to hunting and fishing, expand hunting and sport fishing at 70 other NWRs, add pertinent station-specific regulations for other NWRs that […] | September 11, 2019
CA Alert: Ask City of Bakersfield to Not Proceed with New Animal Ordinances, Amendments on Sept. 11
September 9, 2019 The Bakersfield City Council will address both new animal ordinances and amendments to existing ordinances on Wednesday, September 11.  These will, among other things, require any animal that is picked up twice as a stray to be spayed or neutered, regardless of the time between the impounds.  The proposals will also designate […] | September 9, 2019
Indiana: Hamilton County Considering New Hobby Breeder Restrictions on Monday (9/9)
September 5, 2019 The Hamilton County Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, September 9, to obtain input on numerous proposed changes to the animal control code, including further regulations of hobby breeders and troublesome new definitions of “backyard breeder” and “puppy mill”. Those who reside or participate in events in Hamilton County are […] | September 5, 2019
North Carolina: Swain County to Discuss New Animal Control Ordinance Tomorrow (9/5)
September 4, 2019 The Swain County (NC) Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing for tomorrow (Thursday, September 5) to get input on the county’s first animal control ordinance. The proposed ordinance as currently posted on the county website and confirmed by the Clerk to the County Board would establish a county Animal Services […] | September 4, 2019
MA Alert: Hearing Next Tuesday on “Irresponsible Breeding” and “Importation of Animals” bills and regulation of Research, Boarding and Daycare Facilities
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 On Tuesday, September 10th, multiple animal bills will be reviewed by the Massachusetts Joint Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly encourages those who reside in Massachusetts to contact the committee to express significant concerns with two bills. SB 504 “Irresponsible Breeding Practices” requiring anyone breeding […] | September 3, 2019
Hattiesburg, MS –URGENT ALERT: City Council Votes Tuesday, 9/3/19 to Ban Home-Based Breeding, Inspect ALL Animal Owners, Limit Pets. Take Action NOW
August 30, 2019 An overreaching animal ordinance that, among other egregious provisions, would make all animal owners subject to unannounced inspections will be voted on by the Hattiesburg City Council on Tuesday, 9/3/19.  Residents are urged to IMMEDIATELY contact city council members to politely state their concerns and ask that they vote NO on the […] | August 30, 2019
USDA APHIS Releases 2018 Impact Report
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Today, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) released its first-ever 2018 Impact Report.  This 10-page report details the agency’s achievements in 2018 with easy-to-read infographics. The report may be viewed at | August 21, 2019
CT Alert: Stamford Committee to Consider Limiting Pet Choice Tonight. Act Now!
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) has learned that the Legislation and Rules Committee of Stamford, Connecticut’s Board of Representatives is scheduled to consider an ordinance proposal tonight that seeks to limit consumer choice by requiring pet shops in the city that sell dogs and cats to source […] | August 20, 2019
Flagler Co., FL: URGENT—Meeting TONIGHT, 8/19/19, on Proposed Law to Require Pet Owners to Carry “Official Health Certificates”, Criminalize Accepted Animal Husbandry Practices
August 19, 2019 URGENT:  The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to take action TODAY on problematic and overreaching requirements that would apply to all dog and cat owners in the county.  The proposed ordinance would also criminalize certain accepted animal husbandry practices as performed by animal owners.  Click here to view the […] | August 19, 2019

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