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
NC Update: Breeder Regulations Bill Passes House; Advances to Senate
The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed House Bill 159, which would define certain dog owners as “large commercial dog breeders” based solely on the number of intact female dogs they own.  Read AKC’s previous Legislative Alert for details on this legislation. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it has been assigned […] | April 24, 2015
Nebraska Bill Allowing Forfeiture of Animals Without Due Process Headed to Final Vote
April 23, 2015 The Nebraska Legislature has given initial approval to a series of amendments that would change the Commercial Dog Breeder and Operator Inspection Act.  They also approved Amendment 1194, which would allow the court to force owners to relinquish their animals for suspicion of cruelty – even before a court hearing begins. The […] | April 23, 2015
Urgent NC Alert: Breeder Regulations Scheduled to be Considered TODAY (4/22)
Urgent NC Alert:  Breeder Regulations Scheduled to be Considered TODAY (4/22) April 22, 2015 The AKC has learned that a hearing and possible vote has been scheduled for today on a rewritten version of House Bill 159, which would seek to regulate certain dog owners as commercial breeders regardless of actual sales/commercial activity and require […] | April 22, 2015
Nebraska Update: Two Amendments Seek to Allow Forfeiture of Animals
 April 15, 2015 The Nebraska Legislature is considering a series of measures that would make numerous changes to the state’s Commercial Dog Breeder and Operator Inspection Act. In addition to Amendment 1149, a subsequent amendment (Amendment 1194) has been filed that would also allow for a situation where a dog owner could forfeit their animals […] | April 15, 2015
Nebraska Advances Bill Allowing Forfeiture of Animals Without Court Judgment- Contact the Senate
Nebraska Advances Bill Imposing Forfeiture of Animals Without Court Judgment – Contact the Senate April 14, 2015 The Nebraska Legislature is set to consider several measures that will impact dog owners and breeders, including an amendment that could force a dog owner to forfeit their animals for only a suspicion of animal cruelty – even […] | April 14, 2015
Pennsylvania to Consider Positive Consumer Protection Bill on Wednesday (4/15)
April 13, 2015 The Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Wednesday (April 13) that would make several changes to the commonwealth’s consumer protection laws. The AKC believes that many of the changes in the bill as introduced are positive and would protect the rights of the […] | April 13, 2015
AKC Urges Support for Federal Bill to Help Domestic Abuse Victims Ensure Safety of their Pets
The American Kennel Club supports a bill filed in the United States House of Representatives that would add federal protections for the pets of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.    Known as the “Pet and Women Safety Act of 2015” (PAWS), H.R. 1258 is principally sponsored by Congresswoman Katherine Clark […] | March 31, 2015
TENNESSEE: Amended Dog Breeder Bill Could Give Any “Appointee” Access to Dog Owners’ Homes
March 30, 2015 Committees will vote TOMORROW, March 31, 2015, on two bills of grave concern to all dog owners in Tennessee.  The committees will vote to accept and approve amendments to House Bill 1142 and Senate Bill 1020.  These amendments would delete the current language in the two bills and insert new language that […] | March 31, 2015

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