Johnson City, TN: Final Vote TOMORROW, 11/21/19, on Overreaching and Problematic Animal Ordinance. Contact Commissioners Today.
The Johnson City Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a third and final vote on Thursday, November 21, 2019 to enact an overreaching new animal ordinance.  Proponents of the ordinance state that they will immediately seek to pass this same legislation throughout Washington County. AKC agrees with the city’s intent to protect dogs in […] | November 20, 2019
Maryland: Prince George’s County Considering Changes to Breed-Specific, Other Animal Laws on Tuesday (11/19)
The Prince George’s County Council (Maryland) is scheduled to consider numerous changes to the county’s animal laws on Tuesday, November 19, at 1:30 pm. Several weeks ago, a county committee approved multiple amendments, including repealing the county’s long-standing breed-specific laws and instituting new, comprehensive dangerous dog laws.  This will be considered on Tuesday, along with […] | November 15, 2019
RI: Smithfield Town Council to Consider Pet Retail Sales Ban on December 17
Monday, November 11, 2019 A problematic proposed ordinance in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which seeks to ban the sale of animals in any retail pet store or commercial establishment, is scheduled for public hearing on December 17, 2019.  The proposed change to Chapter 126, regarding “Animals,” would instead allow pet stores, retail businesses, or other commercial […] | November 11, 2019
Pennsylvania: New Cumberland Considering Ownership Limits on November 6
On Wednesday, November 6, the New Cumberland (PA) Borough Council is scheduled to consider a proposal that would limit the number of animals that may be kept or maintained on any property. The proposal states that “due to the close proximity of the properties” in the Borough, no one may keep or maintain on a […] | November 1, 2019
Middleton, MA: Town Meeting Vote on New Dangerous Dog Bylaw Scheduled for November 5
On Tuesday, November 5, residents in the town of Middleton, Massachusetts, are being asked at a Special Town Meeting to vote on a new dangerous dog bylaw that could categorize dogs as “nuisance” or “dangerous” indefinitely. Article 13 is a petition by the Board of Selectman amending the Middleton General Bylaws, Chapter 107: Animals, by […] | October 29, 2019
Michigan: Committee to Hear Testimony on New Rescue Regulations on October 31
On Thursday, October 31, the Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee will be taking testimony on a bill regulating rescues and foster homes operating in Michigan. Senate Bill 419 seeks to regulate “animal rescues”, defined as a person that acquires an animal for the purpose of finding that animal a new home and maintains the animal in […] | October 29, 2019
U.S. Senate: Proposal Could Require USDA to Publish Privately Identifiable Breeder Information Including Home Addresses, Pets Owned
Several months ago, a last-minute amendment was made to section 760 of the 2020 House Agriculture Appropriations bill that would require the USDA to make privately identifiable information about licensed breeders, including home addresses, pet inventories, and other sensitive information, available to the public online. That measure currently awaits reconciliation and attention from Senate appropriators. […] | October 25, 2019
Manatee Co., FL – Workshop on Proposals to Ban/Restrict Retail Pet Sales Scheduled for 10/31/19
On Thursday, October 31, 2019 the Manatee Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold a work session to discuss proposed restrictions on retail sales of pets.  Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more and provide input on these proposals. Certain legislation that has been introduced and/or enacted in other Florida […] | October 25, 2019
Iowa: Reminder – One Week Left to Comment on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations
Iowans have one week left to comment on proposed animal welfare regulations published by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). IDALS continues to actively seek public input on this issue and AKC encourages Iowa breeders and hobbyists to comment and/or attend the October 30 public hearing. View AKC’s previous alert for more […] | October 24, 2019
Decatur, AL: City Council Votes Monday, 10/21/19, on Minimum Enclosure Sizes for Dogs, Tethering Restrictions, Other Problematic Provisions
Please share this information with dog owners in Decatur, AL. The Decatur (AL) City Council is scheduled to vote Monday, October 21, 2019, on amendments to the city’s animal ordinance that include restrictions on tethering, the establishment of minimum enclosure sizes for dogs, a requirement to use specified water receptacles, and other potentially problematic provisions. […] | October 18, 2019

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