Support Delaware Bill to Prohibit Breed-Specific Laws
A bill has been approved by the Delaware House Health and Human Development Committee that would ensure the state and local Delaware municipalities cannot declare a dog as dangerous based solely on “a dog’s breed or perceived breed.”  The bill also makes several amendments to streamline current state laws, including removing all references to the […] | June 24, 2016
North Carolina: Ask House to Support Bill Streamlining Adoption of Retired Working Dogs
A number of bills have been introduced in North Carolina over the past year to allow certain municipalities to donate a working dog to its handler when the animal is retired from service.  Yesterday, a bill was amended in the Senate that would clarify that these procedures for the donation of retired service dogs apply […] | June 22, 2016
California: Committee to Consider Bill Allowing Strangers to Remove Dogs from Vehicles
The California Senate Public Safety Committee will hear Assembly Bill 797 which will allow private citizens to remove a companion animal from a vehicle if they believe that the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm. Dog owners who reside or participate in events in California are encouraged to contact the Public Safety Committee or […] | June 22, 2016
Sarasota County, FL to Consider Changes to Ordinance Restricting Pet Sales
The Sarasota County Commission will discuss a proposed amendment to an ordinance adopted in April of 2016. The staff is recommending that the hobby breeder definition be eliminated and that the definition of “Commercial Establishment” be modified to more clearly exclude those who engage in occasional sales and responsible hobby breeding. This action is in […] | June 20, 2016
NJ UPDATE: SB 63 to be heard on Thursday, June 23 – Take Action Now
AKC Government Relations has confirmed that New Jersey Senate Bill 63 will be heard by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday, June 23, at 10AM in Committee Room 4, 1st Floor of the State House Annex, Trenton (125 W State St #2, Trenton, NJ 08608).  As currently written, the bill seeks to repeal […] | June 20, 2016
NJ ALERT: Bill to Repeal Consumer Protection Laws, Restrict Sales to be Heard Monday, June 20
AKC Government Relations has learned that New Jersey Senate Bill 63, which seeks to repeal consumer protection laws for New Jersey pet purchasers and restrict individuals’ choice of a purpose-bred dog, will likely be considered by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday, June 20.  While a committee substitute may be introduced at Monday’s […] | June 17, 2016
Puerto Rico Alert: Senate Hearing on Mandatory Sterilization on Tuesday
The Puerto Rico Senate Health and Nutrition Commission will hold a public hearing on P.S. 1631 on Tuesday, June 21.  P.S. 1631 would mandate the sterilization of all dogs in Puerto Rico, which punishes responsible owners and dog breeders and could endanger a dog’s health, while doing nothing to address the true issue. Talking Points: […] | June 17, 2016
Stamford, Connecticut, Legislative Committee to Consider Breeder Permits on Monday 6/20
On Monday, June 20, a committee of Stamford, Connecticut’s Board of Representatives will accept public comment on proposed changes to Chapter 111 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.   Since the proposal was first considered, several changes have been made at the behest of resident responsible dog owners.  However, the proposal still seeks to create breeder […] | June 16, 2016
Ask NY Senate to Support Bill to Help Lost Dogs
Yesterday, the New York Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill that would help lost dogs in the state be reunited more quickly with their owners.  Under Senate Bill 1812, a lost dog must be checked for all forms of identification, including tags, microchips, tattoos or licenses within 24 hours after intake, or as soon as […] | June 8, 2016
Ask NC General Assembly to Support Allowing Law Enforcement to Adopt Retired Service Animals
The North Carolina House and Senate are expected to consider bills on Monday, June 6 to expand the localities in North Carolina that may transfer a retired working dog to its handler when the dog is retired from service. The American Kennel Club supports House Bill 1009 and Senate Bill 849, which will ensure the […] | June 3, 2016

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