‘Pit Bull’ Bill Introduced Again in New Jersey
Sen. Sharpe James has once again introduced his annual version of the Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Licensing Act (S801). Nearly identical legislation was introduced and soundly defeated in two previous sessions. S801 would allow a municipality to: Require a special license for all "pit bulls" ($150-700)—including "American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/pit-bull-bill-introduced-again-in-new-jersey/ | January 24, 2006
Oklahoma Considers Permitting BSL
As expected, legislation that would allow cities and counties to enact breed-specific legislation has once again been introduced in Oklahoma, this year by Sen. Cliff Aldridge. S1569 would repeal an existing law that forbids regulating dogs by breed. The American Kennel Club strongly supports sound, enforceable, non-discriminatory legislation to govern dog ownership, and we appreciate […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oklahoma-considers-permitting-bsl/ | January 23, 2006
Virginia Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill!
Under a new bill proposed in Virginia, all dogs and cats acquired from dealers, hobby breeders, pet shops and adoption agencies would be have to be sterilized and microchipped. Sponsored by Sen. W. Roscoe Reynolds, S55 defines a "dealer" as any person who sells or transfers companion animals (with the exception of rescue groups). The […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/virginia-considers-mandatory-spay-neuter-bill/ | January 18, 2006
BSL on the Move in Illinois!
Immediate help is needed to stop two poorly written bills that would hurt responsible dog owners in Illinois ! HB4213 Background: Introduced by Rep. Michael Tryon on December 1st, 2005, HB4213 automatically deems American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, "pit bulls," Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and Staffordshire Terriers vicious and requires owners of these […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/bsl-on-the-move-in-illinois/ | January 12, 2006
VT Considers Ban on Ear Cropping
Sen. Ann Cummings has introduced S250, a bill to prohibit ear cropping in Vermont. Violators would face a civil penalty of up to $3,000 for a first offense. Those who commit subsequent violations or who perform the procedure without anesthesia would face criminal charges. The bill does not prohibit owning, showing, buying or selling a […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/vt-considers-ban-on-ear-cropping/ | January 4, 2006
Illinois Dog Owners Face Multiple BSL Threats
AKC and dog owners in Illinois are organizing against state and city measures that ban or severely restrict specific breeds of dogs. Phone calls, e-mails, and letters to legislators are urgently needed to stop these unfair proposals: State of Illinois HB4212: Introduced by Rep. Michael Tryon on December 1st, HB4212 would permit cities to regulate […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-dog-owners-face-multiple-bsl-threats/ | December 2, 2005
Representative David Lewis Honored for CGC® Work
The American Kennel Club welcomed Representative David Lewis to its operations center in Raleigh on Tuesday, November 22nd. Rep. Lewis, who represents Harnett County in the North Carolina General Assembly, was instrumental in getting a Canine Good Citizen Proclamation passed in the Tar Heel state this year. The proclamation officially recognizes the AKC's Canine Good […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/representative-david-lewis-honored-for-cgcr-work/ | November 22, 2005
San Francisco Passes Breed-Specific Mandatory Spay/Neuter
Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a breed-specific ordinance that will require "pit bull" owners in the city and county to spay or neuter their dogs unless they obtain a $100 breeding permit. The legislation defines "pit bulls" as American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and any dog […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/san-francisco-passes-breed-specific-mandatory-spay-neuter/ | November 17, 2005
CA Governor Signs SB861 Into Law
Despite months of strong opposition from countless responsible California dog owners and a host of animal organizations including the American Kennel Club, the Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs and The Animal Council, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB861 into law on Friday, October 7th. The legislation takes effect January 1st, and several municipalities have already indicated their […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-governor-signs-sb861-into-law/ | October 10, 2005
Urgent Help Needed in CA!
Calling all California dog owners! Governor Schwarzenegger still has not taken action on SB861. IF HE DOES NOT VETO THE BILL BEFORE OCTOBER 9th , IT WILL BECOME LAW WITHOUT HIS SIGNATURE. Please contact the governor's office TODAY and urge him to veto this misguided bill! Reminder: LAST CHANCE TO STOP BSL IN CALIFORNIA! […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/urgent-help-needed-in-ca/ | October 5, 2005