Iowa Considering Unreasonable New Regulation of Dog Owners, Groomers, Breeders and Rescues
Iowa already has some of the most restrictive breeder regulation in the nation.  Nevertheless, legislation has once again been introduced to expand the state’s regulation of dog breeders, hobbyists, fanciers, groomers, and rescues and require them to pay significant license fees.  Proposals are currently pending in both the Iowa House and Senate.  Iowa dog owners, […] | February 1, 2016
Augusta-Richmond Co., GA: Council Votes Tomorrow on Mandatory Spay/Neuter of All Impounded Pets
The Augusta-Richmond County Commission is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a proposed ordinance that would require spay/neuter for all impounded dogs and cats, regardless of the circumstances, and would enact additional problematic amendments to the city/ county animal ordinance. Concerned animal owners are urged to immediately contact commission members and respectfully ask them to VOTE […] | February 1, 2016
Ask Maryland Committee to Support Bill Protecting Service Dogs and Owners
A Maryland Senate Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on February 11 that will provide further protections for owners of service animals.  Senate Bill 264 creates two new provisions that would protect service dogs and their owners.  It amends the crime of aggravated cruelty to state that a person may not intentionally inflict bodily […] | January 28, 2016
NY Assembly Passes Debarking Ban, Contact the Senate
The NY Assembly has passed a ban on “debarking” and now the bill goes to the Senate Agriculture Committee. The AKC opposes A1679, which would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners to make viable, safe decisions on behalf of their pets in conjunction with their veterinarians.  Last year, the bill never received a hearing […] | January 27, 2016
Wisconsin Bill Making Reclaiming of Pets More Difficult Continues to Advance, Contact the Assembly
A Wisconsin bill that will make it more difficult for owners to reclaim their pets continues to advance. Those who reside or participate in dog events in Wisconsin are strongly encouraged to contact the Assembly and express your concerns with AB 487 as currently written. Visit AKC’s Legislative Action Center and type your address in […] | January 27, 2016
San Marcos, CA to Define and Regulate Hobby Breeders, Restrict Pet Ownership – TOMORROW, 1/26
The AKC Government Relations team has just become aware that the San Marcos City Council will consider a proposed ordinance which will define hobby breeders, limiting them to only three “breeding dogs, cats and/or rabbits.” It is unclear how a breeding dog, cat or rabbit would be identified and what would happen to resident breeders […] | January 25, 2016
Sarasota County, FL to Define and Regulate Hobby Breeders, Restrict Pet Ownership
The Sarasota County Commission will consider a proposed ordinance which will define hobby breeders and possibly limit the amount of animals they may own and/or the number of litter they may have in a year. The measure also attempts to restrict the sales of pets from legal, licensed and regulated pet sellers. All breeders and […] | January 25, 2016
Ask Iowa Leaders to Oppose Inaccurate “Puppy Mill Awareness Day” Rhetoric, Support Good Dog Breeders
The American Kennel Club has learned that local animal rights activists are working to pass “Puppy Mill Awareness Day” resolutions in every county in Iowa, as well as the state level to coincide with an event on February 3.  While no official language has yet been introduced on the state level, talking points and text […] | January 20, 2016
Virginia: Senate Bill Allowing Anyone to Take Animals from Cars To Be Considered This Week
The AKC understands that the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee is expected to consider a bill this week that would include consideration of two bills that allow private citizens to remove a companion animal from a vehicle if they believe that the animal is at risk of serious bodily injury or death.  This bill […] | January 19, 2016
URGENT! Santa Paula, CA Considering Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance, Breeder Permits – TODAY
The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department has just become aware that TODAY the Santa Paula City Council will have a first reading and vote on an ordinance (p.104) that would establish mandatory spay/neuter of dogs and cats in the city unless the owner qualifies for an exemption. The listed exemptions are vague and problematic. […] | January 19, 2016

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