Fourth-Annual AKC Lobby Day Held in Washington, D.C.
Congress welcomed purebred dog owners from across the country last week as part of the American Kennel Club’s fourth-annual Lobby Day. Hosted by the Canine Legislation Department, Lobby Day gives attendees a chance to learn more about issues that impact fanciers on the federal level. More importantly, participants are given an opportunity to carry the […] | October 4, 2006
PAWS Status Report
Status of “PAWS” at the November Election Recess No further legislative action on the “Pet Animal Welfare Statute” or “PAWS” [S. 1139/H.R. 2669] occurred prior to the Congressional mid-term election recess, which began on September 30. However, the bill’s sponsors have made substantial progress in fleshing out the provisions of the Discussion Draft of a […] | October 4, 2006
Breed-Specific Proposals to be Heard at Mississippi City Councils Tomorrow
The Tupelo City Council and the Baldwyn Board of Aldermen will meet tomorrow, Tuesday October 3rd to discuss possible breed bans. The Mississippi Canine Coalition is organizing fanciers and concerned dog owners to oppose these proposals. For further information on how you can help, please contact the Mississippi Canine Coalition directly at Mississippi has […] | October 2, 2006
Indianapolis to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Mandatory Microchipping
The Indianapolis City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee is considering a proposal that would require all animals to be spayed or neutered and would require all dogs and cats to be microchipped. The committee will accept written public comment until this Friday, September 29th and will hold a public hearing October 10th. It is […] | September 26, 2006
AKC and AKC CAR Make Recommendations to USDA on Microchip Identification of Pets
The AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) filed comments on September 6, 2006 with the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on the establishment of federal regulations for the microchip identification of animals covered by the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The comment letter was filed in […] | September 8, 2006
Louisville Pursues BSL, Limit Laws and Breeder Licensing
The Louisville Metro Council is again considering breed-specific legislation, a limit law and restrictions on breeders and dog owners. This ordinance will have a devastating effect on dog owners and breeders in Louisville and may have a dramatic impact on the Kentuckiana Cluster, the largest dog show cluster in the country. The legislation proposes breed […] | August 29, 2006
UPDATE! Riverside County Cancels Final Public Meeting on Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Mandatory Microch
Due to construction at the Riverside City Hall where the final public meeting was to be held, the Department of Animal Services has cancelled the meeting that had been scheduled for this Saturday, August 26th. AKC will post an update as soon as a new meeting site and time are established. We appreciate all the […] | August 24, 2006
Update! Sacramento Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance Vote Tuesday
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will take a vote on the proposed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance at their next meeting, Tuesday, August 15th. Supervisors had previously discussed the issue at the August 1st meeting but did not have enough time to hear all the testimony. Concerned dog owners and fanciers are urgently needed to attend […] | August 11, 2006
UPDATE! Action Needed in San Antonio
The San Antonio City Council will meet August 31st at 9am to consider the 5-Year Strategic Plan, which currently includes a proposed spay/neuter ordinance, breeder permits and a bill of rights for animals. It is imperative that concerned dog owners and fanciers attend this meeting and email council members and staff to educate them about […] | August 10, 2006
New Jersey Breeder Bill on Hold
New Jersey Assemblyman Neil Cohen has announced that he will not move the controversial A. 3401 in its current form. However, he is committed to sponsoring a breeder regulation bill when the legislature returns for general session. Asm. Cohen has asked that concerned fanciers contact him via email at with comments and suggestions about […] | August 9, 2006

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