Minnesota Legislation Seeks to Limit Consumers’ Liberty to Choose Best Pets for the Family
Minnesota House File 3369, which seeks to prohibit the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet shops, is scheduled to be considered by the Minnesota House Committee on Commerce on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) opposes legislation that attempts to artificially manipulate the market in favor of pets sourced solely […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/minnesota-legislation-seeks-limit-consumers-liberty-choose-best-pets-family/ | February 27, 2020
California: Palm Springs to Consider Proposal on Thursday (2/27) Restricting Breeders, Increasing Ownership Fees- Call Today!
The Palm Springs City Council will consider a proposed ordinance at their meeting on Thurs., Feb. 27, 2020, that will severely restrict all breeding of dogs and cats within the city limits. The proposal attempts to eliminate the “backyard breeder” in a misguided attempt to reduce pet populations. The proposal will also prevent the return […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-palm-springs-consider-proposal-thursday-2-27-restricting-breeders-increasing-ownership-fees-call-today/ | February 25, 2020
Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee to consider bill regarding Unattended Dogs in Extreme Weather Conditions – Call Today!
The Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, on House Bill 406, which seeks to define extreme weather conditions and places limitations on tethering in such conditions. Existing Maryland law already prohibits a dog from being tethered unattended outside in unsafe conditions.  HB 406 attempts […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/maryland-house-environment-transportation-committee-consider-bill-regarding-unattended-dogs-extreme-weather-conditions-call-today/ | February 24, 2020
Indiana: Ask Committee to Support Consumer Protection Bill with Clarifying Amendment TOMORROW (2/25)
The Indiana House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee is considering a positive bill tomorrow (Tuesday, February 25) that will hold those accountable who sell dogs in Indiana, and also provide protections for Indiana residents buying a dog in the state. Senate Bill 185 includes many provisions, including: Prohibiting the sale of dogs or cats under […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/indiana-ask-committee-support-consumer-protection-bill-clarifying-amendment-tomorrow-2-25/ | February 24, 2020
Collier County, Florida—Overreaching Requirements for Breeders on County Commissioner Agenda Tomorrow (2/25/20)
Two ordinances on the agenda of the Collier County, Florida, Board of County Commissioners meeting for February 25, 2020, seek to establish overreaching and onerous regulations for both hobby breeders and commercial breeders.  Concerned dog owners are urged to immediately contact County Commissioners and attend the meeting on Tuesday. Under current law, all breeders, including […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/collier-county-florida-overreaching-requirements-breeders-county-commissioner-agenda-tomorrow-2-25-20/ | February 24, 2020
NH Update: Successful Outcome with House of Reps, Continued Advocacy Needed for February 25 Hearing
Congratulations to AKC’s New Hampshire federation, the Dog Owners of the Granite State (NH DOGS), and breeders and owners for their ongoing successful advocacy campaign.   Consistent with AKC and NH DOGS testimony and recommendations, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted as follows: HB 1683 – criminalize the cropping/docking, dewclaw removal or debarking of a […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nh-update-successful-outcome-house-reps-continued-advocacy-needed-february-25-hearing/ | February 21, 2020
NH Alert: Bills Authorizing Public Trespass to Save Animals Suspected of Danger in Vehicles Scheduled for Committee Consideration
New Hampshire bills that seek to allow members of the public to enter vehicles to rescue animals they suspect of being in danger have been scheduled for legislative committee consideration.  On Thursday, February 20, 2020, SB 608 will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a public hearing, while HB 1542 will be decided […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nh-alert-bills-authorizing-public-trespass-save-animals-suspected-danger-vehicles-scheduled-committee-consideration/ | February 19, 2020
Alabama: URGENT—Bill that Protects Use of Working and Competition Dogs in Committee TODAY at 2:00. Take Action NOW to Voice Support.
Committee TODAY, February 19, 2020, at 2:00pm.  Senate Bill 196 would bring animal enterprises and working animals under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Agriculture and Industries. By placing the regulation of animal enterprise under state oversight, AKC believes this can better provide protections for the health and safety of dogs in the state, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/alabama-urgent-bill-protects-use-working-competition-dogs-committee-today-200-take-action-now-voice-support/ | February 19, 2020
USDA APHIS Restores Non-Redacted Licensee Inspection Records
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it is restoring certain formerly-redacted portions of USDA dealer/breeder licensee records on its searchable online database. In 2017, APHIS removed certain records from its database to address potential privacy concerns.  APHIS then reposted most of the documents, but […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/usda-aphis-restores-non-redacted-licensee-inspection-records/ | February 18, 2020
Illinois: Committee to Consider Repeal of Puppy Consumer Protection Laws on Thursday (2/20). Act Now!
The Illinois House Commerce and Economic Development Committee is scheduled to consider a bill, S 3078, on Thursday (February 20), that would repeal consumer protections for pet purchasers passed in 2017. The measure would further require that pet stores could sell only dogs from an animal shelter or rescue distributor/facility. The current law - the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-committee-consider-repeal-puppy-consumer-protection-laws-thursday-2-20-act-now/ | February 18, 2020

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