AKC Supports Ohio Bill Removing BSL
The American Kennel Club applauds Ohio Representative Barbara Sears of Lucas County for introducing House Bill 79, which removes "pit bull" from Ohio's statutory definition of dangerous dogs.  Ohio is currently the only state to have enacted statewide breed-specific legislation.  The current law states that if a dog "belongs to a breed that is commonly […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/akc-supports-ohio-bill-removing-bsl/ | March 19, 2009
Montana to Hear ‘Animal Hoarding’ Bill on March 19
On Thursday, March 19, the Montana House Judiciary Committee will hear a bill to expand the definition of animal cruelty.  The American Kennel Club urges all responsible dog owners, fanciers, and breeders to contact the Montana Senate and express their opposition to Senate Bill 221, which would expand the definition of animal cruelty to include […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/montana-to-hear-animal-hoarding-bill-on-march-19/ | March 18, 2009
Nevada Bill to Terribly Impact Responsible Dog Breeders
A bill has been introduced in the Nevada Senate to regulate anyone who wants to breed and sell dogs, regardless of the number.  Senate Bill 241 would require all breeders, regardless of how many dogs owned, to pay a $500 annual fee in order to breed and sell puppies.  It would also impose numerous other […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nevada-bill-to-terribly-impact-responsible-dog-breeders/ | March 17, 2009
UPDATE: Illinois Bills Held For Further Amendments
SB 139 which sought to ban cropping and docking in Illinois, has been amended to remove all substantive language from the bill. It now simply exists as a placeholder or "shell", should the sponsor choose to revisit the issue later in session.  AKC will continue to monitor this legislation and will update our website if new language […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-illinois-bills-held-for-further-amendments/ | March 17, 2009
Washington Alert: SB 5651 to be Considered by House Judiciary Thursday, March 19th
Washington SB 5651 will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 19th, at 10:00AM, in House Hearing Room A, in the John L. O'Brien Building, 504 15th Avenue SW, in Olympia, WA 98504. SB 5651 is part of a radical national legislative agenda aimed at limiting the freedoms and liberties of Americans […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/washington-alert-sb-5651-to-be-considered-by-house-judiciary-thursday/ | March 17, 2009
West Virginia Bill A Radical Attempt At Limiting Dog Ownership
West Virginia House Bill 2843, sponsored by Delegates Daniel Poling of Wood, Virginia Mahan of Summers, Nancy Guthrie of Kanawha, Roy Givens of Brooke, and Tom Azinger of Wood, seeks to define commercial dog breeders and to impose limits on the ownership of dogs.  Similar to many bills introduced in legislatures across the country in […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/west-virginia-bill-a-radical-attempt-at-limiting-dog-ownership/ | March 17, 2009
Arkansas Seeks to Require Annual Licenses of Up to $1000 for Dog Owners and Handlers
A bill has been introduced in the Arkansas Senate that requires owners of 12 or more dogs of any age to purchase an annual license for the right to maintain ownership of the dogs, regardless of whether the animals are on your property.  "Owner" is defined as someone who meets any of the following criteria: […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/arkansas-seeks-to-require-annual-licenses-of-up-to-1000-for-dog-owners/ | March 16, 2009
Texas Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bills Introduced
Two mandatory spay/neuter bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature.  House Bill 4277, sponsored by Representative Jose Menendez of San Antonio, and Senate Bill 1845, sponsored by Senator Leticia Van de Putte also of San Antonio, will require that all dogs over six months of age be sterilized.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/texas-mandatory-spay-neuter-bills-introduced/ | March 16, 2009
Oregon Bill Increases Insurance Standards for Pit Bull Owners
Oregon Representative Vicki Berger has introduced legislation that would require "pit bull" owners to maintain $1 million in insurance coverage. It is important that all responsible dog owners, fanciers, and breeders contact the bill’s sponsor and members of the House Consumer Protection Committee and oppose House Bill 2852. House Bill 2852 would require owners of "pit […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oregon-bill-increases-insurance-standards-for-pit-bull-owners/ | March 13, 2009
URGENT: Illinois Crop/Dock and Breeder Regulations Bills to Be Heard on March 10 and March 11!
The AKC urges all responsible dog owners and breeders to call or email your state legislators TODAY regarding two important pieces of legislation that are scheduled for consideration on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 2009. It is crucial that constituents communicate their opposition to these measures immediately. Although we are awaiting amendments for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/urgent-illinois-crop-dock-and-breeder-regulations-bills-to-be-heard-on/ | March 10, 2009

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