Indiana: Thank Sponsors and Committees for Amendments Protecting Hobby Breeders, Pet Choice
On Monday, January 23, the Indiana House and Senate Agriculture Committees will consider bills that seek to regulate pet stores and establish consumer protection provisions for pet store sales. AKC encourages Indiana clubs to contact the committees and sponsors and thank them for amendments that establish these provisions and remove a provision that could have […] | January 20, 2023
Virginia: House Agriculture Sub Committee to Consider Several Dog Related Bills Tomorrow (1/18)
The Virginia House Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee’s Agriculture Subcommittee is scheduled to consider five dog related bills at its 4:00pm meeting tomorrow, January 18, 2023.  Those who wish to comment are encouraged to reach out directly to the committee (scroll down for more information). The committee is expected to consider the following legislation: […] | January 17, 2023
Washington: Bill Protecting Pets and Owners in Extreme Weather Advancing in House
On Friday, January 13, a bill that will protect certain owners and pets during extreme weather situations passed out of a Washington State House committee. The bill now goes to the House Appropriations Committee.  Washington state residents are encouraged to contact the House Appropriations Committee to encourage them to support House Bill 1012. Scroll down […] | January 17, 2023
TX Regs Info: TDLR Finalizes Updates to Inspection Rules
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has adopted new rules about the inspections it conducts, including for dog breeders licensed by the State of Texas. The adopted rules provide default procedures for inspections TDLR is authorized to conduct.  They provide that: TDLR may perform inspections with or without advance notice to ensure compliance […] | January 17, 2023
Federal Regulations: APHIS Proposes Environmental Enrichment Requirements for Dogs Regulated Under AWA
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) formally announced future proposed changes to the federal Animal Welfare Act’s (AWA) rules and standards, including adding regulatory requirements to address species-specific environmental enrichment for all regulated animals, including dogs. Should you be regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act?  […] | January 9, 2023
Washington, DC: District Council Approves Proposal Impacting Dog Owners
At a recent meeting, the Council of the District of Columbia approved final passage of amendments to the District’s Animal Care and Control Act.  The legislation now awaits Mayor Muriel Bowser’s signature. Among other provisions included in B24-0560, is the requirement to pay for the costs of boarding (Bond for Care) animals that are seized […] | December 29, 2022
U.S. Congress: Impact of 2023 Omnibus Appropriations on Dog Policy and Care
On Tuesday, Congressional lawmakers released the final version of a must-pass $1.7 trillion fiscal year 2023 federal spending bill that provides funding for the U.S. Government. The agreement between House and Senate appropriators contains spending for several key areas impacting dogs. It also includes report language impacting canine policy, including legislative proposals AKC has tracked […] | December 22, 2022
OH Update: Ohio Ag. Department Finalizes Rules for High Volume Breeders, Pet Shops, Dog Brokers
This week, the Ohio Department of Agriculture finalized rules regarding high volume dog breeders, dog brokers, and pet stores.  The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) published and distributed information about the proposed rule changes in March 2022. Summaries of the finalized rule changes are provided for readers’ convenience; however, impacted entities are […] | December 16, 2022
New York Governor Signs AKC-Supported Bills
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed several bills supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) that will benefit dogs and dog owners throughout the state: S.6870/A. 6246 – Regulations on Animal Shelters, Importation These bills contain numerous new requirements to ensure the appropriate care of animals at shelters.  They also include some requirements for […] | December 16, 2022
New York Update: Governor Signs Retail Pet Store Sales Ban
Today, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced she has signed a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in the state. While details are still forthcoming, a press release announced that the legislation will go into effect in 2024 and “allow pet stores to charge shelters rent to use […] | December 15, 2022

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