California Update: Hearings Scheduled for Dog-Related Bills
AKC continues to monitor several bills impacting dog owners in California.   AKC is currently neutral on these bills and several contain AKC’s amendments. Below is information on bills with upcoming hearings and/or votes, along with information on how to contact the appropriate lawmakers.  AKC GR will continue to provide individual updates and alerts when necessary. […] | June 9, 2022
Nashville/Davidson Co., TN Update: Animal Ordinance Withdrawn—Could Be Re-Filed
A problematic proposed ordinance that sought to amend Metro Nashville/Davidson County (TN) animal law was withdrawn by the sponsor last night. However, the same or an amended ordinance could be refiled. View AKC’s previous alert for more information on the withdrawn ordinance, BL2022-1252. What comes next:  A community meeting to discuss the animal ordinance is […] | June 8, 2022
Nashville/Davidson Co., TN: Pet Limits, Overreaching Requirements on 2nd Vote TOMORROW
The American Kennel Club (AKC) learned today that an ordinance that seeks to significantly amend Metro Nashville/Davidson County (TN) animal law will receive a second vote tomorrow, June 7, 2022. What you can do:  Animal owners are urged to contact their council members IMMEDIATELY to express concerns and ask them to not approve the ordinance […] | June 6, 2022
New York Wrap-Up: Retail Ban Passes, but Many Victories for Dog Owners
The New York legislature has adjourned for the year.  Although the bill to prohibit the sale of purpose-bred pets at retail pet stores passed on the last day of session, there were also many victories this session for dog owners. AKC Government Relations thanks the Associated Dog Clubs of New York State and the many […] | June 6, 2022
Pinellas County, FL: Public Hearing on Pet Seller Ordinance Scheduled for June 7
The Pinellas County (FL) Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, June 7, to discuss a proposed ordinance that seeks to ban opening new retail pet stores in the county, prevent the relocation or expansion of existing retail pet stores, and enact new requirements for retail pet stores. Click here, then […] | June 3, 2022
Wisconsin Update: Department Approves Fee Increases for Licensed Breeders
This week, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) finalized a number of fee increases for licensed sellers and dog facilities. The Dog Sellers and Facilities program began in 2011 and regulates facilities (including shelters), as well as individuals who sell 25 or more dogs per year, from at least three litters. […] | June 3, 2022
Tennessee’s Two-year Legislative Session Ends with Wins for Dogs and Dog Owners
This week’s enactment of “Joker’s Law” wrapped up Tennessee’s 2021-2022 legislative session with several significant wins for dogs and dog owners. The American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) thanks AKC club members, dog owners, sportsmen, allied organizations, and every individual who contacted lawmakers about legislation that affects our dogs. A special thank you […] | June 3, 2022
Tennessee: Bill to Protect Police, Fire, Search-and-Rescue, and Service Dogs Enacted!
The voices of Tennessee dog owners were heard! Senate Bill 2013, legislation supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC), was signed by Governor Bill Lee on June 1st, and takes effect on July 1, 2022. Also known as “Joker’s Law,” this bill revises the offense of killing or severely injuring a police, fire, search-and-rescue, or […] | June 2, 2022
NY Senate Passes Debarking Ban – Call the Assembly Today!
Yesterday, due to some late procedural moves, the New York Senate passed a statewide ban on “debarking” – a veterinary practice also known as bark softening – unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. The bill now goes to the Assembly, where it has been assigned to the Assembly […] | June 2, 2022
Michigan: Bills Impacting Dog Ownership Rights to Be Considered June 14
A Michigan Senate committee has scheduled a hearing for June 14 on two bills (House Bills 4703 and 4704) that address the issue of animals being seized on cruelty charges, and the payment of their care during impoundment.  As currently written, these bills could cause a person to permanently forfeit their animals even if they […] | June 2, 2022

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