New York: Ask Committee to Support Allowing Dogs in State Parks
On Tuesday, May 14, a New York Senate Committee will consider a bill that will allow responsible dog owners more opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and socialization with their well-behaved pets, while still protecting and respecting the ability of all New Yorkers to enjoy state parks. New York residents, and those who enjoy traveling and/or […] | May 10, 2024
U.S. Regulatory Update: CDC Expands Rule for Import of Dogs into The U.S., Effective Aug 1
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a letter advising of a change in the rules pertaining to importation of cats and dogs into the United States. Effective August 1, 2024, the CDC is implementing a process to standardize imports that will require that all dogs being imported into the U.S. […] | May 8, 2024
West Virginia Information: Purebred Dog Day is May 1
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 will be Purebred Dog Day in West Virginia, thanks to a simple resolution passed by the West Virginia Senate in March 2024. AKC encourages those who reside or participate in AKC events in West Virginia to contact sponsor Senator Mike Caputo and his cosponsors Senator Robert Plymale and Senator Mike Woelfel […] | April 30, 2024
MA Update: Act NOW to Oppose Bill Restricting Consumers’ Pet Choices and Protections
Two dog-related bills garner continued consideration in the Massachusetts General Court. The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages Massachusetts residents to: Review and identify any concerns with the re-drafted and favorably released bills known as “Ollie’s Law;” and Contact your legislators in opposition to 826, banning new pet retail sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits. TO […] | April 29, 2024
VT Update: Act NOW on Two Amended Animal Bills Advancing in the State Legislature
Two dog-related bills continue to advance in the Vermont General Assembly. The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages Vermont residents to contact legislators on the following issues. HOUSE BILL 626 – ESTABLISHES DIVISION OF ANIMAL WELFARE Amended H. 626 would establish a Division of Animal Welfare at the Department of Public Safety, which will be charged […] | April 26, 2024
CT Update: Bills Protecting Police and Working K-9s Advancing
With your help, two Connecticut Senate bills supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) that seek to further protect police and working K9s can advance. SB 339 requires restitution by anyone that injures or kills a police K-9 or volunteer search and rescue dog.  Current law makes anyone intentionally injuring one of these dogs while […] | April 22, 2024
California Update on Bills Impacting Dogs/Dog Owners
The California legislative session is in full swing and AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) continues to track many bills of interest to dog owners. In addition, we will continue to watch for any amendments or other actions that could affect responsible dog ownership. The following are current statuses of bills that AKC GR is following, […] | April 19, 2024
VT Update: House Supports Amended Bill Prioritizing Animal Welfare Protections
On Thursday, April 18, the Vermont House voted favorably on an amended H. 626 relating to animal welfare protections. The American Kennel Club (AKC) first reported on this omnibus bill in February.  The simplified bill lays the groundwork fundamental to achieving H. 626’s initial goals: Establishes a Division of Animal Welfare at the Department of […] | April 19, 2024
CA Update: Assembly Declines to Vote on Breeder Bill
On Tuesday, April 16, the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee held a hearing for AB 2425, a bill seeking to address concerns in animal shelters and change the definition of a dog breeder in California code to encompass hobbyists. No vote was taken during the hearing and at this time AKC believes the Business […] | April 19, 2024
California Update: Committee Considering Bill to Regulate Hobby Breeders on Tuesday (4/16)
On Tuesday, April 16, a California Assembly committee will be considering a bill seeking to address concerns in animal shelters and change the definition of breeder in California code to encompass hobbyists. The proposal, as currently written, insinuates that people who breed as few as ONE litter are contributing to animal shelter population concerns. California […] | April 10, 2024

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