Ask the Ohio Senate to Support Removing BSL from State Law!
Yesterday, the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved House Bill 14, which would remove language existing in state statute for over 20 years that declares specific breeds of dog to be inherently vicious.  The bill could be considered by the full Senate as early as next week. The AKC believes this legislation goes a long […] | January 11, 2012
Oklahoma Info: Comments On Proposed Regulations Accepted Through January 17th
The Oklahoma State Commercial Pet Breeders Board is currently inviting written comments on proposed changes to the state's commercial breeder licensing regulations. The comment period will close Monday, January 17, 2012. The American Kennel Club encourages all interested parties to review the proposal and respectfully offer any concerns to the Board. Click here for a […] | January 10, 2012
URGENT – Final Vote Mon. 1/9 on Shelby County, TN Law that Outlaws Dogs in Vehicles Under Certain Ci
The Shelby County, TN Commission will hold a third and final vote on proposed changes to the county animal control ordinance on January 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.  The proposed ordinance includes a provision that would make it a violation to leave a companion animal unattended in a vehicle for more than one hour when the […] | January 6, 2012
OH Update: Senate Committee May Vote to Repeal State BSL Tues. 1/10
The AKC has learned that on Tuesday, January 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold another hearing on House Bill 14, which would remove the breed-specific language that has been in state statute for over 20 years.  It is possible that the committee will vote at this hearing, and responsible Ohio dog owners are strongly […] | January 6, 2012
New Hampshire SB 370 Targets Dog Breeders In The Granite State
New Hampshire Senate Bill 370, which seeks to impose ownership limits and other restrictions on responsible dog breeders and owners, has been introduced and will be considered by the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee on Thursday, January 19, 2012.  The American Kennel Club and our New Hampshire federation, the Dog Owners of the Granite […] | January 6, 2012
WI Alert: Ask Your Legislator to Support Responsible Hobby Breeders
Wisconsin Representative Don Pridemore is currently asking legislators to sign on as co-sponsors to LRB 1798 - legislation that would change the definition of "dog breeder" in state law from those who sell 25 dogs per year to those who sell 50 dogs per year. The American Kennel Club strongly believes that all dogs should […] | October 17, 2011
OK Update: Licensing Deadline Extended to October 3
The Oklahoma State Board of Commercial Pet Breeders has extended its deadline for commercial pet breeder licensing to October 3, 2011. Oklahoma law defines a commercial breeder as anyone who owns 11 or more intact female dogs or cats over the age of 6 months "for the use of breeding..." For more information on Oklahoma's […] | August 5, 2011
Suffolk County, NY Schedules Bill Attacking Dog Breeders and the AKC
The Suffolk County, New York Legislature has scheduled a public hearing on August 2 for IR-1545, a measure that contains numerous inaccurate, misleading, and unsubstantiated claims that impugn the integrity of the American Kennel Club and the many responsible local AKC dog owners and breeders who devote their lives to the wellbeing of dogs. The […] | July 11, 2011
MA Update: Committee to Consider Requiring Licensing for Dog Events on July 19
A Massachusetts legislative committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1023 on July 19 - a bill that would significantly change the definition of kennel to encompass training facilities or any dog event with more than 12 dogs. All those meeting the new criteria would be required to comply with all state and local licensing […] | July 11, 2011
Governor Perry Signs TX HB 1451 Into Law
Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed House Bill 1451 into law. AKC opposed this legislation as it will negatively impact responsible owners and breeders and will not improve animal welfare in Texas. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is ordered to promulgate regulations by March 31, 2012. Those meeting the thresholds set forth in […] | June 18, 2011

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