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Supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs (VT Federation), House Bill 421 was signed into law by Governor Scott on May 20, 2021.  The new law becomes effective on July 1, 2021.

In summary, HB 421 (1) narrows the list of individuals authorized as “humane officers” who investigate cases of animal cruelty and (2) mandates the completion of trainings approved by the Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board (“Board”).

Our sincere appreciation for this success is extended to the VT Federation and the member clubs that have advocated for its passage!  AKC’s Government Relations Department thanks you for your tenacity.

For more information on these or other legislative issues in Vermont, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720 or