USDA APHIS Restores Non-Redacted Licensee Inspection Records
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it is restoring certain formerly-redacted portions of USDA dealer/breeder licensee records on its searchable online database. In 2017, APHIS removed certain records from its database to address potential privacy concerns.  APHIS then reposted most of the documents, but […] | February 18, 2020
Illinois: Committee to Consider Repeal of Puppy Consumer Protection Laws on Thursday (2/20). Act Now!
The Illinois House Commerce and Economic Development Committee is scheduled to consider a bill, S 3078, on Thursday (February 20), that would repeal consumer protections for pet purchasers passed in 2017. The measure would further require that pet stores could sell only dogs from an animal shelter or rescue distributor/facility. The current law - the […] | February 18, 2020
Alabama – Send Your Support for Bill that Allows Dogs in Outdoor Seating Areas of Restaurants
Alabama House Bill 209 seeks to authorize food service establishments to allow pet dogs in outdoor restaurant seating areas if the company wishes to do so.  It requires that the dog be leashed or in a pet carrier and under control, and sets out access, sanitation, and other requirements. HB 209 specifies that only service […] | February 18, 2020
Ask Michigan Committee to Support Ban on Breed-Specific Laws Tomorrow (2/19)
The Michigan House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee will be considering a bill tomorrow (Wednesday, February 19), that seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in the state by prohibiting municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies.  This would be a significant step forward for Michigan dog owners, as there are several localities that […] | February 18, 2020
Colorado Update: Bill Allowing Investigations, Impoundments Advancing
A bill is advancing in Colorado that would expand the powers of the state’s Bureau of Animal Protection agents. Currently, the purpose of the Bureau of Animal Protection as stated on the Department of Agriculture’s website, is to “serve as a support mechanism to local law enforcement agencies in conducting animal cruelty and neglect investigations.”  […] | February 14, 2020
Florida – Pet Store Regulatory Bill with Pending Amendments in Committee Monday, February 17, 2020
Senate Bill 1698, which seeks to regulate Florida pet stores, has been rescheduled to be heard by the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology on Monday, February 17, 2020.   Among other provisions, this bill would require Florida pet stores to be licensed by the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, set out requirements […] | February 14, 2020
Virginia Update: Problematic Bills Advancing – Contact Your Legislators Today!
Different versions of bills regulating leaving dogs outdoors and allowing localities to arbitrarily pass laws regulating the care of dogs continue to move in Virginia.  The House ACNR Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 19, to conform Senate Bill 272 for possible action later in the week. Summary of Legislative Activity: Update on […] | February 14, 2020
Tennessee: Bills that Mandate Lifetime Bans on Custody of Dogs and Cats in Committees Next Week– Take Action Today!
Both the House and Senate versions of legislation that would require Tennessee courts to prohibit custody of companion animals upon conviction for certain offenses involving animals will be heard in committees next week.  A problematic amendment that would establish mandatory lifetime bans will also be considered.  These bills are on the agendas of their respective […] | February 14, 2020
WV Info Alert: Senate to Consider Bill to Eliminate Greyhound Breeding Development Fund
SB 285 recently passed the Senate Finance Committee and is pending consideration by the full Senate. The measure seeks to eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund (GBDF) and redirect all money from the Fund to the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund.  Additionally, it would eliminate the requirement that video lottery and racetrack table […] | February 14, 2020
Michigan: Detroit to Consider Breeder Permits, Dangerous Dog Revisions on Monday (2/17)
The Detroit City Council will be holding a public hearing on two proposals meant to address dangerous dog and animal control concerns in the city.  The proposals are being brought forward after the tragic death of a child in August 2019 that occurred after her neighbor’s dogs escaped from their yard.  The American Kennel Club […] | February 12, 2020

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