Virginia Update: Bills Providing Immunity from Civil Claims Related to COVID-19 Advance
During the current Special Session of the Legislature, two identical bills are advancing in the Senate and House which will provide immunity from civil claims related to the transmission of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Senate Bill 5067 and House Bill 5074 may be of potential interest to some AKC-affiliated clubs with deep concerns […] | September 1, 2020
Kittery, ME: Dog Owners Are Urged to Provide Input on Proposed Ordinance Restricting Dogs at Beaches
The town of Kittery, Maine, has scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, for public input on proposed restrictions on dogs at public beaches. Background: The current dog ordinance, referred to as Title 6, prohibits dogs off leash and running at large while off the owner’s premises, unless, “under the control of a […] | August 26, 2020
Wyoming: City of Casper Considering Modifying Tethering Restrictions
At a work session on August 25, the City Council of Casper, Wyoming, continued its ongoing discussion on amending its animal control laws, including clarifying requirements for humane tethering. The council expressed a desire to address those who are keeping dogs in inappropriate conditions while also respecting the rights and practices of those who tether […] | August 26, 2020
Albany, GA: Dog Owners Are Urged to Get Involved in Proposed Changes to City Animal Ordinance
Potential changes to Albany, Georgia’s, animal ordinances and dangerous dog laws were presented to City Commissioners at their August 18, 2020, meeting.  Resident dog owners are urged to contact their city commissioners to learn more about this issue and how to participate in the development of new animal laws. Among other provisions, the proposal recommends: […] | August 24, 2020
Updated USDA Compliance Database, Public Search Tool to Launch in September
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that an updated version of its Public Search Tool, which provides access to Animal Welfare Act (AWA) compliance records, will launch on Monday, September 21, 2020. APHIS reports that updates are necessary as the agency upgrades operating systems and […] | August 24, 2020
URGENT: Burke County, NC, to Consider Breeder Permits, Tethering Provisions (8/18)
The American Kennel Club has just learned that the Burke County (NC) Board of Commissioners is hosting a public hearing TOMORROW (Tuesday, August 18), on numerous changes to the county animal control laws. This includes a new breeder's permit, required annually, for anyone who intentionally or accidentally breeds a litter.  Among other provisions, it states […] | August 24, 2020
California: Amendment Protecting Competition Judges Advances – Call Your Senator!
Yesterday, the California Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill that makes clarifications and amendments to the law passed in 2019 that requires those who hire independent contractors to provide them many of the same benefits as full-time employees. This includes a provision worked on by the AKC that would exempt competition judges from this […] | August 21, 2020
Colorado Update: Denver Breed Ban To Appear On November Ballot, Aurora Delays Decision
The cities of Denver and Aurora both considered measures on August 17 to decide how to handle their breed-specific laws. Denver: The Denver City Council decided to let voters decide the fate of a new proposal to ease some of the breed-specific restrictions in the city. A measure will appear on the November 2020 ballot […] | August 19, 2020
Tennessee: Governor Signs Act Providing Liability Protections Related to COVID-19 Claims
Tennessee Senate Bill 8002/House Bill 8001, titled the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act, was signed by Governor Bill Lee on August 17, 2020.  Among other provisions, the Act provides protection from civil liability for loss, damages, injury, or death arising from COVID-19, unless a claimant proves by clear and convincing evidence that there was gross negligence or […] | August 18, 2020
Aiken County, SC: If Your Animal is Declared Dangerous, a Proposed Ordinance Seeks to Register YOU— on Agenda Tomorrow, 8/18/20
The Aiken County Council is scheduled to again consider an overreaching animal ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.  The most recent version of the proposal (as available on the county website at the time of the legislative alert) can be viewed here. Concerns, commentary, and recommendations:  Section 4-22 would require registration of […] | August 17, 2020

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