California: AB 1881 Sponsor Agrees to Remove Animal ‘Rights’ from ‘Bill of Rights’
The author of California AB 1881 (the “Dog and Cat Bill of Rights”) has agreed to remove the word “rights”, along with other substantive amendments from the text of Assembly Bill 1881 and will be verbally stating this in the public hearing tomorrow. This amendment comes after significant concerns were expressed by the American Kennel […] | April 25, 2022
Rhode Island Action Alert: “Cost of Care or Forfeit Animals” Bill to be Heard on April 27, 2022 – Request Amendments!
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) encourages Rhode Island residents to take action as soon as possible on S. 2443.  The bill authorizes forfeiture of animals to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) for failure to pay the cost of care for seized animals upon a finding of animal cruelty.  […] | April 25, 2022
California: Pet ‘Bill of Rights’ Amended But Concerns Remain, Contact Assembly Committee
Yesterday, new amendments for California AB 1881 (The “Dog and Cat Bill of Rights”) were posted, but AKC’s main concern still remains. California residents are encouraged to continue contacting members of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee this week and let them know that you oppose AB 1881 before the hearing on April 26. Summary: […] | April 19, 2022
Oklahoma Update: Bill Creating Misdemeanor for Misrepresenting Service Animal Amended
The Oklahoma House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee recently amended and passed Senate Bill 1223. While the bill still includes language establishing a misdemeanor for misrepresenting a service animal the amended bill now also includes several unrelated changes to criminal law including amendments that reduce charges for existing crimes from felony punishments to misdemeanors. AKC […] | April 19, 2022
California Update: Training Bill to be Significantly Amended
A bill that would have regulated all dog trainers as boarding kennels is being rewritten, thanks to the overwhelming response from trainers and dog clubs across the state. The amended bill will be considered by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee tomorrow (Tuesday, April 19) at 9:00 am Pacific Time.  Scroll down for more information. […] | April 18, 2022
ME Update: ACT TODAY to Support Bill Increasing ME Veterinary Workforce!
Maine residents, your voice is needed today!  The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Maine Federation of Dog Clubs continue to advocate for the passage of LD 1885, as amended.  The bill seeks to increase Maine’s veterinary workforce through updates to the state’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Program.  The program provides competitive, need-based, forgivable loans for […] | April 18, 2022
Oklahoma: Ask Your State Representative to Support Bill to Stop Misrepresentation of Service Dogs
Today the Oklahoma House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee passed Senate Bill 1223. The bill now awaits a vote before the full Oklahoma House of Representatives. AKC supports this bill and condemns the deliberate mischaracterization of service dogs and attempts to benefit from service dog status when the person is not someone with a disability. Oklahoma […] | April 14, 2022
Maryland Update: Dogs Outdoors and Bond for Care Bills Pass General Assembly, Head to Governor
The Maryland General Assembly has adjourned, and passed bills relating to keeping dogs outdoors and care of animals seized on suspicion of cruelty.  While some positive amendments were included to protect responsible dog owners, some concerns still remain. The governor could take action on these bills very soon.  Those who reside or participate in dog […] | April 14, 2022
Montgomery AL Update: Continued Opposition Needed to Overreaching City Animal Ordinance. Act Now!
As previously reported, an overreaching and problematic animal ordinance is under consideration by the Montgomery City Council. The City Council did not take action on the ordinance at its April 5, 2022, meeting, but may take it up at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Because city offices will be […] | April 14, 2022
Georgia’s 2021-2022 Legislative Session Ends with Wins for Dogs and Dog Owners
The two-year Georgia legislative session ended last week with wins for dogs and dog owners. The American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) thanks the Georgia Canine Coalition (GCC), AKC club members, and every individual who contacted lawmakers and spread the word to fellow owners about legislation that affects dogs. Special thanks go out […] | April 14, 2022

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