Colorado Offering Incentives for Large Events Hosted in the State
The Colorado Governor has signed a bill that provides monetary incentives for certain large events held in the state between July 2, 2021 and December 31, 2022, in order to encourage organizations to host meetings and events in Colorado. This program may be of interest to clubs organizing national specialties or other large multi-day shows […] | June 28, 2021
Update: NH Animal Records Database Becomes Law
On Friday, June 25, New Hampshire’s Governor Sununu signed HB 2, the state budget, into law.  Section 302 of the law establishes a new electronic statewide animal records database.  Details regarding the background on this legislation can be viewed in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC’s) update last week. Animal Records Database Established: In New Hampshire, […] | June 28, 2021
Rhode Island Alert: Emails Needed to Amend Bill Regarding Pets in Divorce Cases, Meeting Scheduled June 29, 2021
On Tuesday, June 29, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee will meet and consider H. 5580, Custody Procedures for Pets in Divorce/Separation. 5580 would create a custody procedure for pets in divorce and separation proceedings based on the best interests of the animal. While that standard is similar to the one used in child custody […] | June 28, 2021
Update: NH Budget Bill Establishing Animal Records Database Being Sent to Governor
Yesterday, June 24, the New Hampshire House of Representatives approved HB 2, a state budget bill that includes text establishing an animal records database, and it is on its way to the Governor’s desk for approval.  This text contains many amendments requested by AKC and its state federation. Background: In January 2021, the American Kennel […] | June 25, 2021
USDA Proposed Rule Reinstates Emergency Planning Mandate for Licensees
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS),  announced on June 24 that it is re-issuing 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 […] | June 25, 2021
Update: Stamford, CT Committee Amends Proposed Tethering Ordinance
Last evening, the city of Stamford’s Legislative and Rules Committee hosted a public hearing on a proposed tethering ordinance requiring an owner or keeper to remain outside with a tethered dog and keep it within view.  In a prior alert, American Kennel Club Government Relations (AKC GR) provided details on the proposal and urged resident […] | June 23, 2021
NJ UPDATE: Positive Amendments to A.2401, “Responsible Dog Ownership” Bill; Floor Vote Scheduled Thursday, June 24, 2021
Today, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee adopted amendments to Assembly Bill 2401, the “Responsible Dog Ownership Act”.  The bill is now scheduled for a voting session by the full Assembly on Thursday, June 24, at 1PM. The American Kennel Club (AKC) expressed strong concerns with earlier versions of A.2401, particularly with the bill’s disparate […] | June 22, 2021
Rome/Floyd Co., GA: URGENT—Voting TONIGHT (6/22/21) on Overreaching Animal Ordinance. ACT NOW!
The Floyd County, Georgia, Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to vote TONIGHT, June 22, 2021, on changes to the animal ordinance. Among other provisions, the proposed ordinance seeks to outlaw common and safe use of tethers and enact provisions regarding the payment of costs of care for an impounded animal that DO NOT conform […] | June 22, 2021
Did an Imported Rescue Dog Trigger CDC Action?
Last week, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the temporary suspension of the importation of dogs from countries classified as high risk for canine rabies, or of those arriving from countries not considered a high risk if the dogs have been in a high risk country during the previous six […] | June 21, 2021
Colorado Update: State Supreme Court Rules Troublesome Ballot Initiative Cannot Move Forward
Today, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a ballot initiative seeking to expand the state’s cruelty laws cannot proceed. As such, supporters may no longer collect signatures.  They would need to draft a new proposal and resubmit it for consideration and hearings again by the state Title Board.  It is very unlikely that this […] | June 21, 2021

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