Georgia Considers BSL
Many thanks to the concerned fanciers and dog owners in Georgia who contacted AKC this week regarding H78, a bill to ban "pit bulls" in the state. For those who are not yet aware, H78 defines "pit bulls" as American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or any dogs displaying characteristics of […] | January 28, 2005
Oklahoma May Permit BSL in Cities
Oklahoma is currently one of 12 states that prohibit municipalities from enacting breed-specific laws. That would change if S247 (scheduled to be introduced February 7) is allowed to pass. Sponsored by Sen. Jim Reynolds, the bill allows cites and counties to regulate dangerous dogs based on breed. The American Kennel Club strongly supports sound, enforceable, […] | January 19, 2005
Stanislaus County, CA Faces Breeding Restrictions
A fast-moving proposal in Stanislaus County could severely impact the breeding rights of local fanciers. The proposed ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, November 30 at 9:35 AM. If enacted, the ordinance would: Require owners to obtain a $100 annual license for intact dogs or cats over the age of four months. […] | November 18, 2004
Two Important Bills Would Impact NJ Dog Owners
New Jersey fanciers are currently facing two pieces of legislation that would directly affect dog ownership in the Garden State. The first, A1135, would prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against homeowners based on the breed of dog they own. A1135 passed out of committee with overwhelming support last week after dog owners turned out in […] | October 13, 2004
Capitol Hill Welcomes Purebred Dog Fancy
Shouldering bright blue tote bags with the American Kennel Club logo prominently displayed on the side, AKC Legislative Liaisons from across the country ascended the steps of Capitol Hill on September 29th, ready to bring the fancy's concerns to Congress. The Hill visits were the culmination of this year's Lobby Day, an event hosted by […] | October 8, 2004
Immediate Help Needed on Insurance Bill in New Jersey
The Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee is currently considering A1135, a bill to prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against homeowners based on the breed of dog they own. The American Kennel Club believes that insurance companies should determine coverage of a dog-owning household based on the dog’s deeds, not the dog’s breed, and we […] | October 1, 2004
Court Declares Part of Ohio’s Dangerous Dog Law Unconstitutional
In a landmark 4-3 decision handed down on September 22nd, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that a statute penalizing owners of dangerous dogs who fail to buy liability insurance and properly confine their animals was unconstitutional. The Court held that the law (R.C. 955.22) violated a dog owner’s right to due process because it […] | September 27, 2004
Canine Legislation’s Taking Command Goes Electronic
Concerned dog owners who have long relied on Taking Command's print coverage of canine legislation issues across the country will now have the newsletter delivered to their e-mail boxes monthly. Taking Command will continue to feature a broad range of articles on local, state and federal issues as well as our "Around the Nation" legislative […] | August 17, 2004
AKC Urges Fancy to Thank CA Bill Sponsor
The American Kennel Club this week issued a statement of thanks to Senator Liz Figueroa in appreciation of her recent removal of the ear cropping provision from SB1548. By amending the bill, the Senator was able to advance legislation that would enact beneficial regulatory changes to the veterinary community, without infringing on the rights of […] | August 16, 2004
Thank You Letter to Fancy
Dear Members of the Fancy: We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all the wonderful work you did to defeat the proposed cropping ban in California. Your efforts, your voice, your commitment to fighting this battle made the difference, and we know we would not have won this challenge without you. There is […] | August 12, 2004

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