Manatee County, FL – “Pet Sales Ban” on Agenda for Tuesday, 8/14/18
A “pet sales ban” in Manatee County, Florida will be discussed at a workshop on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  Manatee County residents and members of the public who want to learn more about the proposed ban are urged to attend. Manatee County staff indicated that a 2018 ordinance has not yet been drafted; therefore, the […] | August 10, 2018
El Paso Public Hearing on Possible Grooming Regulations TONIGHT (8/8)
The El Paso Animal Shelter Advisory Committee is holding a public hearing tonight where, among other items, there will be discussion on possible pet grooming regulations for the city.  In March 2018, the city council approved the drafting of a new ordinance that could require licensing and other regulations for groomers.  AKC understands this meeting […] | August 8, 2018
USDA Animal Care Division Presents Initiative To Strengthen Relationships With Licensees’ Attending Veterinarians
Today the Animal Care Division of the United States Department of Agriculture's  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)  presented a new initiative to enhance  the working relationship  between licensees such as pet breeders,  the veterinarians who attend to their animals' health care needs, and  USDA inspectors.  Under the new initiative, USDA inspectors will be reach  out directly to breeders' veterinarians of […] | August 8, 2018
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Springfield, MO Residents Overturn Breed Ban
Good news out of Springfield, Missouri! City residents voted to overturn a ban that would prohibit any future ‘pit bull’ type dogs from entering the city. The City Council voted 5-4 last October to ban ‘pit bulls’ and the ordinance was scheduled to take effect in January. However, the issue was sent to the ballot […] | August 8, 2018
Montana to Consider Proposal to Ban Dog Field Trials on All State Lands at July 26 Meeting
The State of Montana is contemplating introducing legislation in its next session (2019) that would prohibit the use of state lands for dog field trials.  While the Montana State Legislature is not currently in session, the interim Environmental Quality Council (EQC) is meeting to discuss this potential legislation, called LCdog3, at its July 26 meeting […] | July 23, 2018
Massachusetts Legislation Would Provide Tax Credits for Adoption of Certain Dogs and Cats
Massachusetts House Bill 4647 seeks to provide tax credits for individuals who adopt certain dogs from a shelter.  The bill is scheduled to be considered by the General Court’s Joint Revenue Committee on Tuesday, July 17.  Massachusetts residents are encouraged to contact the members of the Joint Revenue Committee and express any concerns they may […] | July 11, 2018
CA Update: Palm Springs Council Removes Breeder Ban From Tonight’s Agenda
The City of Palm Springs has removed an item from tonight’s City Council’s meeting agenda regarding a proposed ordinance that would have banned all dog and cat breeding within the city limits. The City Clerk’s office and the City Manager’s office have both just confirmed to AKC Government Relations that the item has been pulled […] | July 11, 2018
URGENT CA ALERT: Palm Springs Considering Potential Prohibition of Residential Dog Breeding TOMORROW (7/11)
The City of Palm Springs will formally introduce a proposal tomorrow (July 11) that will ban all “backyard breeding”, defined as any breeding for a business or commercial purpose on residential property. Those who reside or exhibit in Palm Springs are strongly encouraged to contact the city council TODAY and ask them to oppose the […] | July 10, 2018
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

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