California: Resolution Could Discourage Crop/Dock, Other Veterinary Surgical Procedures
A resolution has just been introduced in the California State Assembly that declares the Assembly’s intention to only support “sensible and humane therapeutic veterinary procedures for companion animals.”  As defined, this could mean the Assembly opposes such procedures as ear cropping, tail docking, and dewclaw removal, among other veterinary surgical procedures. It is important to […] | July 16, 2021
AKC Supports USDA APHIS Proposed Rule Requiring Emergency Contingency Planning
As previously reported, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has proposed to reissue a rule to require that breeder/dealers, research facilities, intermediate handlers, carriers, and other animal enterprises subject to USDA licensing establish emergency/contingency planning in the event of a natural or manmade disaster or other business disruption. HISTORY […] | July 9, 2021
Louisiana 2021 Legislative Session Review: Positive Law Enacted, Other Bills Do Not Advance
The 2021 Louisiana state legislative session focused on taxation and spending, with limitations on the introduction of non-fiscal bills. Legislation of interest to dog owners that was tracked by AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) during the regular session included: Enacted legislation: Senate Bill 144, now Act 100, creates the crime of unlawful possession, transfer, or […] | July 9, 2021
CT Update: Stamford Board Seeks Additional Input on Proposed Tethering Ordinance
On Tuesday, July 6, the City of Stamford’s full Board of Representatives voted 33-1 to return a proposed dog tethering ordinance back to its Legislative and Rules Committee for consideration of additional input by residents and fellow board members.  Video of the meeting can be viewed here.  Discussion of the proposed tethering ordinance, LR30.103, starts […] | July 8, 2021
California Information: Senate Considering Further Clarifications for Emotional Support Animals
The California Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill on Tuesday, July 13, that would further clarify the difference between true service animals and emotional support animals in the state. AKC appreciates the efforts being made by the legislature to clearly differentiate between animals trained as service animals and those meant to provide solely emotional […] | July 8, 2021
West Virginia: Follansbee to Consider Restrictions on Dogs Outdoors on July 12
The City of Follansbee (West Virginia) City Council will be considering seeks to limit the amount of time a dog can be tethered, maintained, or kept outside under certain conditions. on Monday, July 12 at the City Council meeting scheduled for 6:00pm. This proposal was brought before City Council by a local resident who was […] | July 8, 2021
2021 Florida Legislative Wrap-up: Successes and Opportunities
The 2021 Florida regular legislative session adjourned on April 30, and executive action on bills of interest to dog owners concluded in late June. Two bills supported by AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) were enacted, another bill was favorably amended, and several problematic bills did not advance. AKC GR thanks the Florida Association of Kennel […] | July 8, 2021
MA Action Alert: Express Concerns Regarding Kennel and Grooming Bills Before July 12, 2021!
The Massachusetts Joint Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee (JCPPL) has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Monday, July 12, 2021, from 1pm to 3pm, and will accept comments on two bills of concern to the American Kennel Club (AKC). OVERSIGHT OF DOG DAYCARES In the wake of a fatal attack on a puppy in […] | July 7, 2021
Update: Rhode Island Adjourns – No Concerning Dog Bills Adopted
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) is pleased to share that the Rhode Island Legislature adjourned on Thursday, July 1, 2021, with no bills of concern to dog owners adopted. Since January, AKC GR issued several detailed alerts, embedded in the bill numbers below, requesting opposition by residents to bills negatively impacting dogs and owners as […] | July 7, 2021
MA Alert: Act Now to Protect Police K9s – Nero’s Law Public Hearing Scheduled for July 14, 2021!
The Massachusetts Joint Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee (JPSHSC) has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 10am to 1pm on multiple bills, including HB 2547 and SB 1606, which would allow emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty. Please join the American […] | June 30, 2021

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