NJ: Support Bill to Make Animal Trunk Fighting a Felony Offense
New Jersey Senate Bill 975, which seeks to establish animal trunk fighting as an animal cruelty offense, is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Monday, October 19, 2020.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports S.975, and encourages all concerned responsible dog owners in New Jersey to contact the members of […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nj-support-bill-make-animal-trunk-fighting-felony-offense/ | October 12, 2020
Marshfield, MA Action Alert: Town to Vote on Requiring Breeder Licenses and Restricting Breed Rescue and Retail Sales!
On Monday, October 19, at 7:00pm, residents in Marshfield, Massachusetts, will be asked at a special town meeting to vote on three proposed dog ordinances, Articles 1, 2 and 3.  These articles are extremely problematic because combined, they hamstring local breeding programs in favor of importing strays to meet consumers’ high demand for dogs.  New […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/marshfield-ma-action-alert-town-vote-requiring-breeder-licenses-restricting-breed-rescue-retail-sales/ | October 8, 2020
Barrow County, GA: Commissioners Consider Designating 12-15 Dog Breeds as Dangerous; Activists Discuss Additional Dog Owner/Breeder Restrictions
Changes to the county animal ordinance, including discussion of a proposal to declare numerous dog breeds as dangerous, were presented at the Barrow County Board of Commissioners meeting on September 22, 2020.  The county manager recommended that 12-15 breeds be designated as dangerous. TAKE ACTION TODAY.  Barrow County residents are urged to immediately contact their […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/barrow-county-ga-commissioners-consider-designating-12-15-dog-breeds-dangerous-activists-discuss-additional-dog-owner-breeder-restrictions/ | October 6, 2020
Collier County, Florida—Public Workshop Scheduled TODAY, 10/5/20, on Overreaching Requirements for Dog Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Groomers, Animal-Related Businesses
Two proposed ordinances seek to significantly amend Collier County, FL, animal laws and establish overreaching requirements for dog owners, breeders, trainers, groomers, and animal-related businesses. The ordinances will be discussed at the Collier County Domestic Animal Services Ordinance Workshop today at 3:00 p.m. at the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, 3rd Floor, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/collier-county-florida-public-workshop-scheduled-today-10-5-20-overreaching-requirements-dog-owners-breeders-trainers-groomers-animal-related-businesses/ | October 5, 2020
US Congress: Problematic Breeder Mandates Bill Introduced in Senate
Earlier this week, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill that would make changes to the federal Animal Welfare Act to mandate arbitrary new requirements for certain professional and small hobby dog breeders. S. 4757 – the “Puppy Protection Act of 2020” – is a companion measure (with the same language) to HR 2442 introduced […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/us-congress-problematic-breeder-mandates-bill-introduced-senate/ | October 2, 2020
North Carolina: Burke County Hearing Tomorrow (September 30) on Breeder Permits
The Burke County Animal Advisory Board has scheduled another a public hearing for Wednesday, September 30, 2020, to further discuss proposed county breeder permits, tethering regulations and, according to the notice, “possibly an unaltered impounded animal fine”. Local breeders, sportsmen, and dog owners are strongly encouraged to attend the hearing and continue to express your […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/north-carolina-burke-county-hearing-tomorrow-september-30-breeder-permits/ | September 29, 2020
TX Update: Sunset Commission Still Accepting Comments on Elimination of Ineffective and Costly Licensed Breeders Program
The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is still accepting comments on its June staff report recommendation that the state’s Licensed Breeder Program should be eliminated due to fundamental flaws with the law that created it, the program’s ineffectiveness, and significant operational costs. The Commission was originally scheduled to consider the recommendation at an August hearing, but […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tx-update-sunset-commission-still-accepting-comments-elimination-ineffective-costly-licensed-breeders-program/ | September 24, 2020
Minnesota Regulatory Info: Board of Animal Health Creates New Dog Import Regulations to Help Prevent African Swine Fever
Last week, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced a new 10-day quarantine requirement for dogs imported into Minnesota from countries that have had a recent outbreak of, or are endemic for, African Swine Fever (ASF).  According to the World Organisation for Animal Health’s World Animal Health Information System, those countries are located in Africa, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/minnesota-regulatory-info-board-animal-health-creates-new-dog-import-regulations-help-prevent-african-swine-fever/ | September 24, 2020
Michigan: Ask the House to Support Ban on Breed-Specific Legislation
A bill continues to advance in Michigan that would prevent local governments from passing laws banning or restricting specific breeds. Municipalities would still be permitted to enact other dangerous and potentially dangerous dog laws, so long as these laws do not target specific breeds. The AKC supports House Bill 4035, which protects the rights of […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/michigan-ask-house-support-ban-breed-specific-legislation/ | September 24, 2020
California Governor Signs Multiple Animal-Related Bills
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed several bills impacting dog owners, exhibitors, and sellers in the state: Assembly Bill 2257 – This bill addresses concerns raised by a law passed in 2019 that requires certain independent contractors to be treated as employees. The concern was raised that this could require clubs to provide benefits, workers […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-governor-signs-multiple-animal-related-bills/ | September 23, 2020

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