New Mexico Bill Could Lead to Statewide Mandatory Spay/Neuter
House Bill 415 passed by the New Mexico House of Representatives earlier this week contains language that could allow local mandatory spay/neuter policies to be enacted in the state. As introduced, HB 415 would have established a statewide spay and neuter account and allowed for an optional tax refund for those who contribute to the […] | March 13, 2015
Arkansas: Committee to Consider Dog Breeder Bill on 3/11/15
On March 11, 2015, the Arkansas House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development is scheduled to consider House Bill 1620, which would establish regulations, fees, inspections, and problematic requirements for dog breeders and for dogs "sold for commercial purposes." The definitions in the bill are contradictory. A "commercial breeding kennel" would be defined as […] | March 10, 2015
NY to Consider Debarking Ban Tomorrow
The NY Assembly Agriculture Committee is scheduled to consider a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10) that would ban the practice of debarking in the state unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. The AKC opposes this bill, which would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners to make viable, […] | March 9, 2015
Oppose Animal Control Changes in Clark County, NV – Your Help Needed TODAY!
Dear AKC Delegates, Judges, Club Officers and Breeders, Please immediately forward this information to your club members in Nevada. The AKC Government Relations team has just become aware of proposed changes to the Clark County, NV animal control code which will negatively impact breeders, fanciers and dog owners. Comments must be received by 5pm PST […] | March 9, 2015
Minnesota Bill Seeks to Modify Use of Certain Hunting Traps that Could Harm Dogs, Require Reporting
A bill pending in the Minnesota Senate seeks to modify requirements for and uses of certain traps used in hunting, and would require the reporting of pets or companion animals discovered to have been ensnared. The bill, Senate File 1325, will be considered by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee's Subcommittee on Fish and Wildlife […] | March 9, 2015
Georgia: SUPPORT Bill to Stop Breed-Specific Legislation
Attention Georgia Dog Owners Your action is needed to stop breed-specific legislation in Georgia. Senate Bill 184 would prohibit local governments from enacting laws that apply only to specific breeds or perceived breeds of dogs. SB 184 does not restrict local governments from enacting ordinances that apply to all dogs. In the next step toward […] | March 9, 2015
NC Alert: Ask Your State Rep. to Oppose Bill Regulating Dog Ownership
A bill has once again been introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives that would define a “commercial breeder” based solely on the number of intact female dogs someone owns. The measure also would transfer state animal welfare regulation and oversight from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety. The AKC […] | March 5, 2015
Ask Congress to Support Allowing Dogs on Amtrak
A bill has been approved by the U.S. House Rules Committee that would allow dog and cat owners to take their dogs on Amtrak trains under certain circumstances.  H.R. 749 is a comprehensive passenger train bill that in part would require Amtrak, when feasible, to designate at least one car where passengers may transport a […] | March 4, 2015
Kentucky: SUPPORT Bill to Prohibit Breed-Specific Legislation
A bill to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in Kentucky passed in the Senate Agriculture Committee and has advanced to the Senate Rules Committee.  Senate Bill 124 seeks to prohibit local governments from passing any ordinance, regulation, or policy that is specific to a breed of dog.  For this bill to become law […] | March 3, 2015
MD to Consider Bill Containing Misleading Findings, Limiting Pet Sales on 3/3
The Maryland House Economic Matters Committee is scheduled to consider a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, March 3) that contains some very troubling legislative findings (including implying that breeders are the reason dogs end up in shelters) and also restricts certain pet sales in the state. AKC encourages Maryland residents to contact the committee and respectfully educate […] | March 2, 2015

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