Fort Smith, AR: URGENT—$500 PER PET Annual Breeding License Approved. Take Action NOW to Repeal
Friday, August 16, 2019 Please share this information with dog owners and breeders in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Immediate action is needed.  Responsible dog and cat breeders—and citizens of Fort Smith who wish to obtain dogs and cats from local breeders in the future—are urged to immediately contact the Fort Smith Board of Directors and ask […] | August 16, 2019
NJ Success: Pet Leasing Bills with AKC Amendments Enacted
Monday, August 12, 2019 The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) is pleased to announce that amended New Jersey Assembly Bill 4552 was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on Friday, August 9. See AKC’s position statement on Protection for Puppy Purchasers. As introduced, A.4552 sought to prohibit predatory pet leasing schemes […] | August 12, 2019
U.S. Department of Transportation Clarifies the Use of Emotional Support Animals on Flights
Friday, August 9, 2019 Yesterday, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued guidance to help travelers understand their rights while new regulations are being developed. The DOT is currently developing new rules to govern what types of animals will be allowed to accompany passengers on flights and what documentation will be required to determine […] | August 9, 2019
Fort Smith, AR: Board to act tomorrow, 8/6/19, on pet licenses, $500 PER PET annual breeding licenses, increased penalties and fees for all pet owners
August 5, 2019 The Fort Smith Board of Directors will consider an ordinance tomorrow, August 6, 2019, that seeks to establish dog and cat licensing; excessively costly dog breeder licensing fees; and new requirements, fees and penalties that impact a wide range of pet owners. The Board will also consider a resolution to approve a […] | August 5, 2019
Cape Coral, FL: City Council to Vote Monday, 8/5, on Pet Sales Restrictions
August 2, 2019 On Monday, the Cape Coral City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that seeks to ban the sale of purpose-bred dogs and cats by pet retailers in favor of randomly sourced animals from shelters and “rescue pet” distributors. Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting and speak […] | August 2, 2019
New York: Dutchess County Considering Tethering, Cruelty Registry Proposals
July 26, 2019 The Dutchess County Legislature is considering two proposals in an effort to improve animal welfare in the county.  AKC Government Relations understands that the proposals are likely to be considered on Monday, August 12.  Those who reside or participate in performance or other events in Dutchess County are encouraged to contact the […] | July 26, 2019
PA – Temporary Designation of Canine Brucellosis as Dangerous Transmissible Disease Reissued
Monday, July 22, 2019 Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (Department) reissued a temporary order designating several animal diseases as “dangerous transmissible diseases”, including Canine Brucellosis (Brucella canis). As noted by the Department, transmission of B. canis bacteria occurs through exposure to secretions during estrus or mating or by contact with infected tissues during […] | July 22, 2019
RI UPDATE: Bond for Care, Forfeiture Bill Signed Into Law
Friday, July 19, 2019 Governor Raimondo has signed into law a pair of bills, H. 5433 and S. 465 that expand authorities’ ability to seize animals suspected of neglect or abuse. The AKC abhors animal cruelty and supports enforcement of strong animal cruelty laws.  For more information on these bills and AKC’s concerns, read our […] | July 19, 2019
Victory in Ohio: Pet Store Definition Amended to Protect Home-Based Breeders
July 18, 2019 This morning, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the state budget.  Thanks to legislative leadership, an amendment was included in the budget that addressed an issue that arose in late 2018 where the Ohio Department of Agriculture was requiring all who sell dogs in the state to be licensed and regulated as a […] | July 18, 2019
MA Alert: Hearing Next Monday on Two Bills that Fail to Distinguish Retail and Non-Profit Activities
Monday, July 15, 2019 On Monday, July 22nd, two bills of concern will be reviewed by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.  Those who reside in Massachusetts are strongly encouraged to contact the committee to express concerns with these bills, which would significantly impact dog trainers and consumer protection. Summary: SB […] | July 15, 2019

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