New York: Assembly Committee Considering Limits on Pet Choice, Breed Rescue on Tuesday
The New York Assembly Agriculture Committee has announced that it may consider a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, April 27) which will prohibit retail pet stores from selling any dogs or cats.  Instead, they would only be allowed to “showcase” animals available for adoption from a shelter, rescue, or adoption agency that has no affiliation with breeders.  […] | April 26, 2021
New York: Senate Committee Considering Limiting Pet Choice, Breed Rescue on Monday
On Monday, April 26, the New York Senate Agriculture Committee will consider a bill which will prohibit retail pet stores from selling any dogs or cats.  Instead, they would only be allowed to “showcase” animals available for adoption from a shelter, rescue, or adoption agency that has no affiliation with breeders. New York residents are […] | April 23, 2021
NH Animal Bills Recap: Summary of This Week’s Senate Committee Hearing
On Monday, April 19, 2021, three animal bills that have favorably passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives were considered by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  In a prior alert, the American Kennel Club (AKC) summarized three bills and strongly encouraged those who reside in New Hampshire to contact the committee to […] | April 23, 2021
Kansas: Overland Park Considering Repeal of Breed Bans – Here’s How You Can Help
The City of Overland Park, Kansas is considering a repeal of its breed ban after 35 years – and the council is seeking feedback from residents. Starting in May, the city will be holding a series of meetings (first with “experts” on May 11, then a public hearing on June 9). In addition, the city […] | April 21, 2021
California: Amendments Filed for AB 702 (Breeding Permits), But Primary Concerns Remain- Call Today!
Amendments have been filed to California Assembly Bill 702 – a bill requiring all dog owners to obtain a permit before they can breed a litter of puppies. While AKC appreciates a couple of the amendments, we remain opposed to breeder permits. Assembly Bill 702 is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 27, and […] | April 20, 2021
Arkansas—Working Animal Protection Act Advances. Immediate and Continued Support Needed!
House Bill 1883, the Working Animal Protection Act, was approved in the House and now crosses over to the Senate Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee. Your continued and immediate support of this bill is needed. The 2021 Arkansas legislative session ends soon.  Rules have been suspended, and bills are passing—or dying—very quickly.  Owners, handlers, […] | April 20, 2021
Maryland 2021 Session Adjourns with Many Victories for Dog Owners
Last week, the 2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly was adjourned.  Overall, the Session could be deemed a success for dogs and responsible dog owners given the outcome of several bills, including: House Bill 81/Senate Bill 122 – Regulating Dogs Outdoors: HB 81 and its companion SB 122 sought to address “Unattended Dogs in […] | April 20, 2021
South Carolina—Discriminatory Bill that Requires Registration and Fees for Intact “Pit Bull Dogs” and Other Breeds on Agenda Thursday (4/22/21)
House Bill 4094 would require owners of unsterilized “pit bull dogs” and additional breeds to register their dogs with a governmental animal control agency and remit fees of $25.  The bill contains additional problematic provisions for all South Carolina dog owners. H. 4094 is on the agenda of the House Special Laws Subcommittee for Thursday, […] | April 20, 2021
Texas Alert: AKC Urges Protections for Owners in Bill That Limits Liability for Removing an Animal from a Vehicle
The Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee is scheduled to consider Texas House Bill 762  in April 21. This measure offers liability protections for individuals who remove a domestic animal from a motor vehicle if the person has a good faith and reasonable belief that such removal is necessary to avoid imminent harm to […] | April 20, 2021
Texas: Express Opposition NOW to Bill Allowing Quick Termination of Your Ownership Rights
Texas House Bill 1083 seeks to provide for the quick termination of ownership rights in animals that are impounded by an animal shelter.  Instead of a uniform statewide minimum holding period before ownership rights would be terminated, as is customary in other states, HB 1083 would let local governments set a holding period for such […] | April 19, 2021

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