California Update: Assembly to Vote on Amended Training Bill
The California Assembly is expected to soon vote on a bill for dog trainers that has been significantly amended to address AKC’s primary concerns. Those who wish to contact their Assemblyperson regarding Assembly Bill 1901 may do so by typing your address on the State Assembly’s “Find Your California Representative” page. Summary: Originally, Assembly Bill […] | April 27, 2022
RI Update: Bill Protecting Police K9s Released Favorably from Committee!
Yesterday, the Rhode Island House Health and Human Services Committee favorably released an amended H.7021, which would allow emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty.  Changes to the bill ensure all stakeholders are included in the development of policies and procedures for the humane transportation of these special […] | April 27, 2022
ME Update: Bill Increasing ME Veterinary Workforce Passes and Moves to Governor’s Desk
Maine residents, your voice has been heard!  The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Maine Federation of Dog Clubs are pleased that amended LD 1885 has been passed and will now go to Governor’s Mills’ desk for consideration.  Thank you for your advocacy, and to Representative Jessica Fay for sponsoring the bill! Prior to passage, […] | April 26, 2022
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

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