Update: Florida Bill to Conceal Shelter Records Advances
1/11/24 Update: Yesterday, Florida SB 660 unanimously passed the Senate Agriculture Committee and has been further referred to the Senate Community Affairs Committee.  AKC Government Relations will provide additional information on contacting that committee in a future alert. __________________________________________________________________________ Florida Senate Bill 660, which seeks to exempt from public records requirements the identifying information about persons […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/florida-oppose-bill-conceal-animal-shelter-records-committee-tomorrow-1-10-24/ | January 9, 2024
MA Update: Comment Deadline January 15 on Amended Barnstable Dog Control Regulations
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is pleased to announce that the Barnstable, Massachusetts, Department of Animal Control’s proposed dog regulations have been amended in response to AKC’s November alert and comments subsequently received by the town. The amended proposal: Clarifies Commercial Kennel versus Multiple Dog License definitions and requirements. Reverts to the annual May 15-September […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ma-update-comment-deadline-january-15-amended-barnstable-dog-control-regulations/ | January 8, 2024
Unite Against Radical New Hampshire Bill That Would Criminalize Breeding Some Dogs
New Hampshire House Bill 1102, which describes brachycephaly as a “birth deformity that causes suffering” and would CRIMINALIZE the sale and breeding of brachycephalic dogs and any dog that could be claimed to have a birth deformity, is scheduled to be considered by the House Environment and Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/unite-radical-new-hampshire-bill-criminalize-breeding-dogs/ | January 4, 2024
NY Update: Governor Signs Hunting Bill With AKC Amendments
Recently, New York Governor Kathy Hochu signed a bill making certain hunting competitions illegal.  This new law contains important provisions requested by the AKC to protect training and performance events. Summary: As stated in a previous alert, Senate Bill 4099 and its companion Assembly Bill 2917 make it unlawful and establish a civil penalty for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ny-update-governor-signs-hunting-bill-akc-amendments/ | January 2, 2024
New Texas Breeder Law Goes Into Effect January 1
December 28, 2023 Beginning January 1, 2024, those that breed between 5 and 11 intact females must comply with the new law regulating breeders.  The law (SB 876 signed by Governor Abbot in May of this year) will require anyone that both owns 5 or more intact females and is engaged in the business of […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-texas-breeder-law-goes-effect-january-1/ | December 28, 2023
NH: Hearing on January 4 – Oppose Restrictions on Certain Breeders, Pet Sales
December 28, 2023 On Thursday, January 4, 2024, the New Hampshire (NH) Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear public testimony on SB 541, which will restrict newly defined “retail pet stores,” including anyone with a physical facility who transfers more than 30 dogs per year at retail.  Residents and New Hampshire breeders are […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nh-hearing-january-4-oppose-restrictions-certain-breeders-pet-sales/ | December 28, 2023
California Update: Bakersfield Adopts Breeder, Ownership Licensing and Inspections
December 15, 2023 On Wednesday, December 13, the Bakersfield City Council unanimously approved multiple changes to the animal control laws – including licensing and inspections of all breeders and owners of more than three dogs. You can read the adopted ordinances in detail here, but below are a few of the changes to local law: […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-update-bakersfield-adopts-breeder-ownership-licensing-inspections/ | December 15, 2023
Knoxville, TN: Vote Is Tuesday (12/11/23) on Changes to Animal Ordinance
The Knoxville City Council is scheduled to consider additional changes to the city animal ordinance on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. Measures will be considered to transfer certain Animal Control Unit functions to Young Williams Animal Center, modify the city Animal Control Board, and address funding. Additional proposals seek to, among other provisions, empower the animal […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/knoxville-tn-vote-tuesday-12-11-23-changes-animal-ordinance/ | December 11, 2023
CA Alert: Bakersfield to Vote on Breeder, Ownership Licensing and Inspections on Wednesday (12/13)
Summary: On Wednesday, December 13, the Bakersfield City Council will consider the adoption of multiple changes to the animal control laws – including licensing and inspections of all breeders and owners of more than three dogs.  This will likely be the final opportunity to oppose these draconian measures, so it is critical to voice your […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-alert-bakersfield-vote-breeder-ownership-licensing-inspections-wednesday-12-13/ | December 11, 2023
Forsyth County, GA: Meeting on Overreaching Animal Ordinance is MONDAY, 12/11/23
A stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2023, to discuss an animal ordinance that among other provisions seeks to establish overreaching requirements for individuals who may occasionally breed a single litter of puppies or kittens. As currently drafted, the proposed ordinance  would also require any individual who sells or transfers more than two […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/forsyth-county-ga-meeting-overreaching-animal-ordinance-monday-12-11-23/ | December 8, 2023

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