Arizona: Ask Senate to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed Discrimination in Rental Housing
A bill is advancing in the Arizona Senate that would prohibit landlords from prohibiting specific breeds of dogs in rental properties if they allow dogs on the premises. The AKC supports Senate Bil 1439, which provides a proactive solution to addressing shelter population concerns by keeping pets in homes with their responsible owners and also […] | February 21, 2024
Hawai’i: Problematic Dangerous Dog Bill Up for Committee Hearing Feb. 24, Contact Your Lawmakers
On Tuesday, February 27, 2024 the Hawai’i Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 2692, which seeks to significantly expand the state’s dangerous dog law.  As with its companion bill (HB 2058), the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) concerns include: Proposed enforcement processes do not provide appropriate opportunities for an owner to appeal a […] | February 21, 2024
Kentucky: A Bill for Dog Lovers—the Treeing Walker Coonhound for State Dog
Senate Bill 204 seeks to designate the Treeing Walker Coonhound as the official state dog of Kentucky. The bill recognizes that the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a native Kentucky dog breed developed in the 1800s by two Kentucky breeders. Kentucky dog lovers are urged to contact their state senators and representatives and ask them to […] | February 20, 2024
Tennessee: Updates on Existing and New Bills Impacting Dogs and Dog Owners
Bills of interest to Tennessee dog owners are advancing through the state legislative process. New Bill Information:  HB 2266/SB 2030 seek to amend state laws governing rental housing and leases to establish that “reliable documentation” regarding need for a support animal does not include documentation provided through a website, the primary function of which is […] | February 16, 2024
Arizona: Updates on Bill Regarding Dogs Outdoors and Seizure of Animals
Yesterday, the Arizona Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Energy, and Water considered multiple bills regarding animals.  As reported in a previous alert, this includes bills regulating dogs outdoors and expanding the laws regarding animals seized on suspicion of cruelty. SB 1047 amends current cruelty laws, including providing new reasonable provisions regarding shelters for dogs kept […] | February 16, 2024
NH: Hearings on Multiple Concerning Dog Bills Next Week
The New Hampshire (NH) House Environment and Agriculture Committee will hear public testimony on multiple concerning bills impacting dogs next week. OPPOSE ANIMAL ABUSE OFFENDER REGISTRY: On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, the committee has a public hearing scheduled at 2:45PM for HB 1505, that would establish an online an animal abuser offender registry to be […] | February 15, 2024
Indiana Information Update: Bill To Protect Pet Choice, Register Rescues Advances
A bill is advancing in the Indiana General Assembly that would allow pet stores to continue to sell dogs in Indiana with specific guidelines regarding the care of animals and also require rescues to register with the state. Those who wish to comment on House Bill 1412 may reach out to their State Senator.  Visit […] | February 15, 2024
VT Alert: Express Support for Bill Establishing Animal Welfare Protections
On Thursday, February 15, the Vermont House Committee on Government Operations and Military Affairs will consider H. 626, which is an omnibus bill relating to animal welfare protections. The bill, which has been sought by many for the past several years, would: Establish a Division of Animal Welfare at the Department of Public Safety. It […] | February 13, 2024
Washington State Bills Impacting Dog Owners
Tomorrow, February 13, is the last day in the State of Washington for bills introduced to be voted out of their original chamber. AKC continues to monitor several bills impacting dog owners in Washington state. Below are the latest updates, along with contact information if you wish to comment on any of these measures. AKC […] | February 12, 2024
NH: Oppose Extending Legal Damages for Pets That Are Reserved for Humans
Next Tuesday, February 21, 2024, the New Hampshire (NH) House Judiciary Committee will hear public testimony on HB 1684, which seeks to expand the relationships eligible for “loss of consortium” damages. Loss of consortium refers to the loss or impairment of the intangible benefits of a relationship, typically between spouses. When death or serious impairment […] | February 12, 2024

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