USDA Updates Online Course for Dog Breeders
The United States Department of Agriculture today released an updated version of its online course for dog breeders.  This course provides the latest information on the federal Animal Welfare Act regulations and licensing requirements.  The program includes information on the pre-licensing process, and guidelines and suggestions to help breeders be in compliance.  The course can […] | April 21, 2016
Colton, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter TODAY, Tuesday, April 19th – OPPOSITION NEEDED!
AKC Government Relations has just learned that the Colton City Council will consider an ordinance (p. 315-353) to require the sterilization of all dogs and cats within the city limits with only vague, limited exemptions and establish a limit of ten (10) dogs per single family dwelling unit. It is vital that responsible dog owners […] | April 19, 2016
Illinois Committee to Consider Bill Infringing on Animal Ownership Rights on 4/19
An Illinois committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Tuesday, April 19, that would make several changes to the laws regarding those charged with cruelty and whose animals are seized. AKC’s concerns with HB 4443 include the following: Requirement that peace officers arrest without a warrant or “issue a notice to appear in person” […] | April 15, 2016
CT Alert: AKC Concerned with SB 228, HB 5344 – Efforts to Undermine Property Rights in Animals
Friday, April 15, 2016 Connecticut Senate Bill 228, which seeks to allow non-economic damages in cases involving injury to a pet, and House Bill 5344, which seeks to create court-appointed animal advocates in court cases involving pets, are currently pending in the Connecticut General Assembly.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) believes that far-reaching unintended consequences […] | April 15, 2016
Ask Missouri House to Support Ending Breed-Specific Laws
The Missouri House is expected to vote any day on a bill that would prohibit municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies.  It would also void any current local breed-specific policies or regulations in the state.   Municipalities would still be permitted to protect public health and safety by enacting other policies (including policies for at-large dogs), so […] | April 12, 2016
Broward County, FL Adds Warrantless Searches to Breeders Permit – Hearing TOMORROW 4/12
The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations team has just been made aware that the Broward County Commission will discuss amendments to the county’s existing breeder permit including requiring permit holders to submit to warrantless inspections of their private homes. The AKC strongly encourages dog owners and breeders to attend tomorrow’s hearing or to contact the […] | April 11, 2016
Louisiana Information: Quick Moving Bill Seeks to Limit Sources of Purpose-bred Dogs
Thursday, April 07, 2016 An amended version of Louisiana Senate Bill 337 (original text here, adopted amendments here), which seeks to restrict retail pet stores’ sources of dogs and cats, was unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 6.  The bill is now awaiting final passage in […] | April 7, 2016
Wash. State Regulatory Alert: Public Comment Needed on Snoqualmie Wildlife Area Plan Development
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 On Monday, April 11, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop to discuss new management plans for the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area.  One of the area’s units, Cherry Valley, located near the town of Duval, is used for hunting and wildlife-related recreation.  To ensure that future […] | April 5, 2016
Information Alert: Alabama Bill Seeks to Limit Dog Confinement Options
House Bill 403 seeks to define outside confinement requirements and limit tethering for dogs.  As written, this bill could criminalize owners who utilize appropriate and humane kenneling and turn-out options for their dogs. HB 403 has been placed on the agenda for the next meeting of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee at […] | April 5, 2016
Arizona Update: Amendment Protecting Lure Coursing Approved
Yesterday, the Arizona Senate approved the AKC-requested amendment to House Bill 2127 that will protect lure coursing, coursing ability tests, and other similar events in the state.  We greatly appreciate Senator Steve Yarbrough’s willingness to sponsor an amendment to ensure these important events are protected in Arizona.  The bill as amended is now pending a […] | April 1, 2016

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