Illinois: City of Evanston to Consider Banning Sales of Dogs by Hobby Breeders at Meeting TONIGHT- March 9
March 9, 2020 The City of Evanston has suspended its procedural rules and will be considering and possibly voting on an ordinance TONIGHT (Monday, March 9) that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in the city unless the animals are from a shelter, rescue, or a breeder that BOTH has a USDA […] | March 9, 2020
CT: Multiple Hearings March 9th – 12 on Proposed Policy Changes Impacting Dogs
Next week, several Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committees have scheduled public hearings on a number of bills impacting dogs.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) is encouraging all dog owners to review this list and submit your comments via email to the respective committees. Sentencing Commission Review of Animal Cruelty Laws: SB 388 requires the Connecticut […] | March 6, 2020
Minnesota: Proposed Creation of Companion Animal Board to Regulate Kennels
The Minnesota House Committee on Government Operations is scheduled to consider House File 3584, which seeks to create a Companion Animal Board as the primary authority for regulating companion animals in this state.  Concerned Minnesota residents are strongly encouraged to contact the bill’s sponsor and the committee members to express concerns with H.F. 3584. Under […] | March 6, 2020
Michigan: Urge House Agriculture Committee to Support Dogs, Dog Events by Not Advancing HB 5577
Yesterday, a bill was introduced in the Michigan House that would place arbitrary limits on when a dog can be outside. As proposed, the measure would have a significant negative impact on many Michigan residents who own and/or breed dogs, as well as those who participate in outdoor activities with their dogs. Among other provisions, […] | March 5, 2020
APHIS Adopts New Rules Regarding the National Veterinary Accreditation Program
Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published amendments to the regulations governing the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NAVP). Under the Animal Health Protection Act, the USDA may take steps to prevent the introduction and interstate spread of diseases and pests to ensure that the health […] | March 4, 2020
SOUTH DAKOTA: Bill Seeks to Allow Therapy Dogs in Court
South Dakota Senate Bill 136 seeks to allow therapy dogs to accompany vulnerable witnesses when testifying in South Dakota courts. The bill has passed in the Senate and will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The bill requires that before the introduction of a certified therapeutic […] | March 3, 2020
Georgia: URGENT—Bill Requiring Licensure for Small-Scale Breeders, Plus Increased Costs for Rescues, Breeders, Etc. in Committee TODAY, 3/3/20
The American Kennel Club (AKC) learned this morning that Senate Bill 338, which as introduced would lower the threshold for state licensure for breeders and increase costs for licensees, will be heard in the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee today, March 3, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. AKC Government Relations understands that amendments may be […] | March 3, 2020
CT: Hearing March 6th – Concern Regarding Bill Impacting Dog Conditioning Equipment
This Friday, March 6, the Connecticut Joint Environment Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on HB 5338, which seeks to prohibit the sale of animal fighting paraphernalia.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes the difficulties in prosecuting those who engage in animal fighting under current law, which requires catching individuals in the act.  […] | March 3, 2020
Tennessee: Three Bills Up for Votes this Week, Including Cruelty Bill that Mandates Lifetime Bans on Custody of Companion Animals
Three bills affecting animal owners in Tennessee are scheduled for votes on March 3-5, 2020.  Please scroll down to view each bill.  Mandatory Sentencing—Lifetime Bans on Custody of Companion Animals.  Senate Bill 1747/House Bill 1643 has passed in the Senate and is scheduled for a vote in the House on Thursday, March 5 at 9:00 […] | March 2, 2020
Virginia Update: Problematic Bills likely heading to Conference Committee – Contact Your Legislators Today!
As stated in a previous alert, different versions of bills in Virginia regulating leaving dogs outdoors in specific temperature ranges and allowing localities to arbitrarily pass laws regulating the care of dogs have been moving in Virginia. Both bills passed their respective Chambers, but HB 1552 was amended in committee prior to final House passage.  […] | February 28, 2020

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