Louisville, KY Alert: Problematic Animal Ordinance Set for Hearing Tomorrow (9/28)
Late yesterday, the American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) learned that the Louisville Metro Council will consider a problematic animal ordinance tomorrow, Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 6PM.  The proposal seeks to: Define “retail pet store” as a commercial establishment that sells or offers for sale animals on its premises at retail, irrespective […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/louisville-ky-alert-problematic-animal-ordinance-set-hearing-tomorrow-9-28/ | September 27, 2023
CA: LA Committee Postpones Meeting Considering Breeder Permit Suspension
On Tuesday, September 26, the Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commissioners discussed a proposal to suspend the issuance of new breeding permits. This would impact all who breed in the city, as well as all owners of intact dogs even if they are not currently breeding (view AKC’s previous alert for additional information). No […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-la-committee-postpones-meeting-considering-breeder-permit-suspension/ | September 26, 2023
Texas: First Round of New Licensed Breeder Regulations Proposed
Late last week, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) proposed new regulations for dog and cat breeders that must be licensed by the state.  The proposed regulations implement amendments to Texas’ breeders law that were enacted earlier this year.  Texas dog breeders licensed by TDLR are encouraged to review the proposed rules and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/texas-first-round-new-licensed-breeder-regulations-proposed/ | September 25, 2023
CA: City of Los Angeles Considering Moratorium on All Breeding and Intact Dog Ownership on Tues. (9/26)
Summary: On Tuesday and Wednesday this week (September 26 and 27), two Los Angeles city committees will consider a proposal that could lead to a suspension of new breeder permits for city residents. Under current city law, breeder permits are required for all breeding in the city, as well as for anyone wishing to own […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-city-los-angeles-considering-moratorium-breeding-intact-dog-ownership-tues-9-26/ | September 25, 2023
MA Action Alert: Oppose Bills Restricting Dog Owners and Kennels by October 3, 2023!
The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government (JCMRG) has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 1pm to 5pm, and will accept comments until October 3, on multiple animal bills, including two opposed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). TO INCREASE KENNEL SAFETY, AKA “OLLIE’S LAW” In the wake of […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ma-action-alert-oppose-bills-restricting-dog-owners-kennels-october-3-2023/ | September 20, 2023
Forsyth Co., GA: Hearing THURSDAY (9/21/23) on Regulating Pet Sellers and Buyers
On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a second public hearing and may vote to enact significant changes to the county’s animal ordinance. Among its many provisions, the proposal would establish new licensing and registration requirements both for breeders and for and individuals who sell/transfer just two dogs or […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/forsyth-co-ga-hearing-thursday-9-21-23-regulating-pet-sellers-buyers/ | September 19, 2023
CA Information Update: Bills to expand Veterinary Care
On Thursday, September 14, California’s 2023 legislative session came to end. Below are two related bills that passed the Legislature and regarding veterinary care. The AKC is not taking a position or commenting on these bills. Both bills await action from Gov. Newsom by October 14. If you would like to comment on either bill, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-information-update-bills-expand-veterinary-care/ | September 19, 2023
Louisville/Jefferson Co., KY: Animal Ordinance Has Problematic Definitions, Guts Consumer Protections
On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 5:00pm, the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Council Public Safety Committee will meet via videoconference to consider a proposed animal ordinance that, among other provisions, seeks to: Define “retail pet store” as a commercial establishment that sells or offers for sale animals on its premises at retail and notwithstanding what type […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/louisville-jefferson-co-ky-animal-ordinance-problematic-definitions-guts-consumer-protections/ | September 18, 2023
CA Update: Ask Governor to Support Two Bill Protecting Dogs and Dog Owners
On Thursday, September 14, California’s 2023 legislative session came to end. Below are two related bills supported by AKC that unanimously passed the Legislature and will enable Californians with pets to access emergency, domestic violence, and homeless shelters across the state. Both bills await action from Gov. Newsom by October 14. Please register your support […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-update-ask-governor-support-two-bill-protecting-dogs-dog-owners/ | September 18, 2023
Gadsden, AL: Ask Council to Repeal Mandatory/Spay Neuter Law
Despite strong objections by residents and the current lack of subsidized spay/neuter services, an overreaching mandatory spay/neuter law enacted by the Gadsden City Council in July 2023 remains on the books. This law continues to criminalize many responsible dog owners in the community. An alternate proposed law that would replace the spay/neuter law is expected […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/gadsden-al-ask-council-repeal-mandatory-spay-neuter-law/ | September 14, 2023

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