New York: Bills Restricting “Debarking”, Pet Choice Still Pending – Call Today!
The New York General Assembly is heading into what is likely the last week of session for the year.  While most bills impacting dog owners are no longer moving this year, bills that would essentially ban the veterinary practice of bark softening (“debarking”) and significantly restrict pet choice and breed rescue are still moving. New […] | May 31, 2022
Breaking Regulatory Update: CDC Extends Import Restrictions, Allows More Imports
In an early release of a June 1 notice, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced an extension and modification of the July 2021 temporary suspension of the importation of dogs from countries classified as high risk for canine rabies.  Based on improvements in its ability to track and monitor […] | May 27, 2022
California Update: Training Disclosure Bill Scheduled for June 13 Hearing
A California Senate committee has scheduled a June 13 hearing on a bill regarding disclosures for dog trainers.  Assembly Bill 1901 contains numerous amendments requested by the AKC and California clubs. Those who wish to reach out to the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee regarding AB 1901 may do so by submitting a […] | May 27, 2022
Arizona: Governor Signs Two Bills Benefitting Dogs, Dog Owners – Thank the Bill Sponsor!
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed two bills that will have a positive impact on Arizona dog owners. Arizona residents are encouraged to contact State Representative John Kavanagh (Dist. 23- Fountain Hills) and thank him for his sponsorship and leadership of both House Bill 2323 and House Bill 2626: Phone: (602) 926-5170 Email: When […] | May 25, 2022
New York Assembly to Likely Vote on Bill Limiting Pet Choice, Breed Rescue TODAY – Call Now!
The New York Assembly is expected to vote today on a bill that will prohibit retail pet stores from selling any dogs or cats.  Instead, these stores would only be allowed to “showcase” animals available for adoption from a shelter, rescue, or adoption agency that has no affiliation with breeders. All who breed and sell […] | May 24, 2022
California Info: Assembly Considering Bill Requiring Emergency Preparedness Plans for Kennels
A bill recently amended in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee would require kennels to have an emergency preparedness plan. The bill has passed committees and will likely be considered soon by the full Assembly. Those who wish to contact their Assemblyperson regarding Assembly Bill 1648 may do so by typing your address on the State […] | May 20, 2022
New York: Bills Regulating Shelters, Importation Advancing
The New York Assembly and Senate continue to advance bills that will provide new regulations regarding dogs being imported into the state for sale, and also numerous new requirements regarding the care of dogs at New York shelters. Those who wish to comment on these bills may do so at the links provided below. Summary: […] | May 18, 2022
VT Update: Provision Ensuring Domestic Animal Welfare Advances to Governor’s Desk
Through multiple proposals and tenacious advocacy, both the House and Senate have approved a provision to ensure domestic animal welfare with adoption of an amended H. 729. Starting on page 28, amended H. 729 includes development of a plan for the unification and improvement of state administrative functions relating to domestic animal welfare protections.  Among […] | May 18, 2022
RI Info: Bill Eliminating Tax on Pet Services Gets Hearing
The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a public hearing for multiple bills, including S. 2186, which would eliminate the sales tax on pet care services, defined as pet grooming and boarding services. (Veterinary services are already exempt from sales tax.) The bill also would eliminate the sales tax on taxi services. WHAT YOU […] | May 17, 2022
Arizona: Bill Limiting Insurance Breed Discrimination Heading to Governor
Yesterday, the Arizona Legislature sent a bill to the governor that would be the first step in preventing insurance companies from discriminating based on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder. Arizona residents are encouraged to contact Governor Ducey and ask him to sign House Bill 2323.  Use the online form to submit […] | May 17, 2022

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