Ask Illinois Senate to Support Bill to Help Lost Pets
May 22, 2015 A bill is advancing in the Illinois Senate that would create new requirements for shelters that will help streamline the process to get lost animals home more quickly.  House Bill 4029 could be considered by the Senate as early as Tuesday, May 26,  Illinois residents are strongly encouraged to contact their State […] | May 22, 2015
NY Bill Would Allow Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas
NY Bill Would  Allow Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas May 18, 2015 The New York State Senate has approved a bill that would allow dogs in “food service establishments”, as long as certain requirements are met.  The AKC supports this bill, which would allow responsible dog owners more opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and socialization […] | May 18, 2015
AKC Supports NY Legislation Protecting Dogs Kept in Outdoor Shelters
May 18, 2015 The NY Assembly Agriculture Committee is considering a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19) that would clarify current law regarding minimum standards for dogs kept in outdoor shelters.  Current law already provides minimum requirements for dogs kept outdoors in inclement weather and extreme temperatures.  Assembly Bill 7033 contains reasonable clarifications to these requirements […] | May 18, 2015
Pennsylvania Bill Impacts Outdoor Field Trials, Dog Activities, and Outdoor Dog Shelters
May 12, 2015 A bill is advancing in the Pennsylvania Senate that would amend the state’s cruelty laws to regulate tethering and sheltering for dogs kept outdoors. The AKC strongly believes that no dog should ever be kept in a situation that endangers its health, wellbeing, or safety.  Senate Bill 373, however, could directly impact […] | May 12, 2015
NY to Consider Allowing Pets on Public Transportation During Emergencies
May 8, 2015 A New York Senate Committee is considering a bill on Monday that would allow owners to take their companion animals on public transportation if a state of emergency is declared.  This is meant to partner with identical legislation passed in New Jersey to assist those utilizing public transportation through the Port Authority […] | May 8, 2015
Connecticut Info: Fiscal Proposal Would Impose Sales Tax on Veterinary Services
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Last week, a committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved Senate Bill 946 that would extend Connecticut’s sales tax to veterinary services.  The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) opposes the bill.  All concerned Connecticut dog owners are encouraged to contact their state legislator and Governor Malloy to express their concerns.  Providing […] | May 5, 2015
Iowa Alert: Breeder Regulations Bill Number Changes (Again), Concerns Remain
May 5, 2015 A bill remains active in Iowa that would further regulate breeders, hobbyists, fanciers, groomers, and rescues and require them to pay significant license fees.  Iowa dog owners, breeders, and fanciers are strongly encouraged to contact your State Senator and ask them to oppose Senate File 502.  Even if you already contacted your […] | May 5, 2015
NY Info Update: AB 1451 Would License/Regulate Pet Grooming Facilities
April 29, 2015 A bill is moving in the New York Assembly that would require licensing, inspections, and other regulations for pet grooming facilities. Assembly Bill 1451 has passed the Economic Development Committee and is pending consideration in the Assembly Codes Committee before being sent to the full Assembly.  Those who wish to comment on […] | April 29, 2015
Alabama: Overreaching Dog Breeder Bill Introduced, Contact Agriculture Committee
April 28, 2015 Attention Alabama Dog Owners: Alabama House Bill 548 seeks to establish criminal penalties for failure to comply with overreaching, undefined, and arbitrary requirements for the care, feeding, and housing of dogs.  Compliance with the problematic provisions of HB 548 would be required for every person or organization that has “custody or ownership” […] | April 28, 2015
Rhode Island Bill “Grandfathering” Local BSL, Other Bills to be Heard April 29
Monday, April 27, 2015 On Wednesday, April 29, the Rhode Island House’s Health, Education, and Welfare Committee will consider numerous bills that may impact dogs and their owners.  Of specific concern, House Bill 5800 would reinstate localities’ breed-specific ordinances that were enacted prior to the state’s 2013 ban on such local laws. House Bill 5573 […] | April 27, 2015

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