MA Alert: Joint Judiciary Committee Considers Several Bills; Will Consider Ban on Outdoor Kennels
Thursday, September 19, 2019 On Tuesday, September 24, the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary will consider SB 989 and SB 990, which prohibit the outside and unattended confinement of dogs from 10pm to 6am.  “Outside and unattended” would mean any dog exposed to the elements for a duration of longer than 15 […] | September 19, 2019
Update: Bakersfield, CA, Delays Action on Problematic Animal Ordinance Amendments
September 19, 2019 The Bakersfield City Council removed two items from their agenda that were scheduled for a first reading. These proposals would have amended existing ordinance and added new language to the city’s animal ordinances. After removal from the council’s consent agenda, the items were referred to a subcommittee where the proposals will be […] | September 19, 2019
Hattiesburg, MS – Warrantless Inspections, Mandated Enclosure Sizes, Other Problematic Provisions Remain in Animal Ordinance. Vote is TOMORROW, 9/17/19
September 16, 2019 An overreaching animal ordinance is back on the agenda for 9/17/19 in Hattiesburg, MS.  The ordinance has been minimally amended, and additional amendments might be added.   However, as of the time of this message, many provisions of concern remain in Draft #3 of the ordinance, and new problematic provisions have been added. […] | September 16, 2019
MA Alert: On September 26, Prevent Discrimination Against Dogs Based Upon Breed, Size, and Weight
Monday, September 16, 2019 On Thursday, September 26 at 1pm, the Joint Committee on Financial Services will consider three bills banning discrimination against dogs based on breed, size, or weight.  Both HB 1037 and SB 595 prohibit insurance companies from denying insurance to homeowners/renters or from requesting higher payment of premiums, unless the dog has […] | September 16, 2019
MA Alert: Ask Joint Committee to Support Service Dogs on September 17th
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 On Tuesday, September 17 at 1pm, the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Committee on Judiciary will consider HB 3657 regarding the misrepresentation of service animals.  The bill ensures that individuals and businesses will be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, by making the misrepresentation of a pet dog as a service […] | September 11, 2019
New Hunting Regulations Issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued new finalized station-specific hunting and sport fishing regulations.  According to its summary, the FWS will open seven National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) to hunting and fishing, expand hunting and sport fishing at 70 other NWRs, add pertinent station-specific regulations for other NWRs that […] | September 11, 2019
CA Alert: Ask City of Bakersfield to Not Proceed with New Animal Ordinances, Amendments on Sept. 11
September 9, 2019 The Bakersfield City Council will address both new animal ordinances and amendments to existing ordinances on Wednesday, September 11.  These will, among other things, require any animal that is picked up twice as a stray to be spayed or neutered, regardless of the time between the impounds.  The proposals will also designate […] | September 9, 2019
Indiana: Hamilton County Considering New Hobby Breeder Restrictions on Monday (9/9)
September 5, 2019 The Hamilton County Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, September 9, to obtain input on numerous proposed changes to the animal control code, including further regulations of hobby breeders and troublesome new definitions of “backyard breeder” and “puppy mill”. Those who reside or participate in events in Hamilton County are […] | September 5, 2019
North Carolina: Swain County to Discuss New Animal Control Ordinance Tomorrow (9/5)
September 4, 2019 The Swain County (NC) Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing for tomorrow (Thursday, September 5) to get input on the county’s first animal control ordinance. The proposed ordinance as currently posted on the county website and confirmed by the Clerk to the County Board would establish a county Animal Services […] | September 4, 2019
MA Alert: Hearing Next Tuesday on “Irresponsible Breeding” and “Importation of Animals” bills and regulation of Research, Boarding and Daycare Facilities
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 On Tuesday, September 10th, multiple animal bills will be reviewed by the Massachusetts Joint Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly encourages those who reside in Massachusetts to contact the committee to express significant concerns with two bills. SB 504 “Irresponsible Breeding Practices” requiring anyone breeding […] | September 3, 2019

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