Pasadena, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Monday, October 6th OPPOSITION NEEDED!
AKC Government Relations has learned that the Pasadena City Council will conduct a first reading of an ordinance to require the sterilization of all dogs and cats within the city limits. Limited exemptions will be provided. However, even with those exemptions, ANY dog that is impounded for ANY reason will be sterilized before being released, […] | October 3, 2014
NY Update: New Law Requires Handwashing Facilities at Animal Events
The State of New York has passed a new law that will require a designated area for hand washing/sanitizing at any place where animals are “kept for the express purpose of viewing, touching, holding, and petting by patrons and visitors”. This area, which must be no more than 50 feet from the exit of the […] | September 25, 2014
MI UPDATE: Breeder Regulations Bill Ready for House Vote
The Michigan House of Representatives has placed House Bill 5095 on the third reading calendar, meaning it could be voted on at any time.  This bill includes provisions that would limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a single premises and define a “large scale commercial breeder kennel” based on the number […] | September 23, 2014
USDA APHIS Establishes New Process for Inspections Appeals
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) conducts inspections of a wide variety of animal facilities, including dog kennels and breeding facilities as part of its role in enforcing the Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).    The USDA has recently revised its inspections appeals process to ensure that those […] | July 11, 2014
NC Urgent Update: Contact NC House Today in Opposition to Dog Ownership Restrictions
The North Carolina House of Representatives is currently considering the state budget.  Thanks to your efforts, the budget does not currently include the significant expansion of dog owner regulations. However, AKC understands that amendments will likely be offered in a House Appropriations Committee meeting tomorrow, June 11, to add language in the budget to define […] | June 10, 2014
Rhode Island Update: Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Tabled, May Return
Yesterday, the Rhode Island House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee held House Bill 8205 for further study. This means that the bill was not approved by the committee, but that it may further consider the bill at a later date during the remainder of the 2014 legislative session. The AKC commends the many Rhode Island […] | May 22, 2014
NY Senate Committees to Consider Two Bills to Protect Dogs
New York Senate Committees will consider two bills next week that would benefit New York dogs and responsible dog owners. Senate Bill 1495 would criminalize stealing a pet from someone’s property, and Senate Bill 6418 amends current law to further protect dogs left in vehicles under extreme temperatures. New York residents are encouraged to contact […] | May 2, 2014
New York City to Consider Mandatory Sterilization
New York City to Consider Mandatory Sterilization, Other Restrictions on Pet Sales on April 30 April 25, 2014 The New York City Council Committee on Health is scheduled to consider several measures on Wednesday, April 30, that create excessive restrictions on all breeders or pet shops who sell a pet. Among the many new requirements […] | April 25, 2014
Iowa Changes Breeder Bill Number, Advances Bill to Senate Floor
April 25, 2014 Through another procedural move, the bill number for the onerous breeder regulations bill has once again changed. The bill was also amended and passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is now pending in the Senate. The amendments made to this bill are not in the best interest of […] | April 25, 2014
Missouri Senate To Consider Prohibiting BSL on MONDAY (April 28)
April 25, 2014 The Missouri Senate has just scheduled floor debate for the Senate version of the bill to prohibit Missouri counties and municipalities from enacting breed-specific legislation. All current breed-specific ordinances in the state would also be voided. Those who reside or participate in dog events in Missouri are strongly encouraged to contact the […] | April 25, 2014

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