Legislative Alerts – American Kennel Club

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05/25/2018 07:34 PM
Victory! USDA Will Not Recognize Third-Party Inspections and Certifications

The American Kennel Club (AKC) applauds the decision announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that it will not establish new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs when determining APHIS’ own inspection frequency under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Earlier this year, APHIS requested […]

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05/25/2018 07:14 PM
New Jersey Info: Senate Committee to Consider Dog-Related Bills on Thursday, May 31

The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to consider several dog-related bills on Thursday, May 31, 2018.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages New Jersey residents to contact the committee members to respectfully share their views on the bills. Senate Bill 381 – This bill seeks to prohibit those found to have violated […]

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05/21/2018 09:38 PM
Rhode Island Tethering, Cost of Care Bills to be Considered Wednesday, 5/23

On Wednesday, May 23, the Rhode Island Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee will consider two bills of concern to the American Kennel Club (AKC).  Senate Bill 2055 seeks to amend the state’s Care of Dogs statute (1) by removing the provision that currently allows dogs to be kept outside during certain temperature conditions if they […]

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05/18/2018 05:56 PM
New Hampshire Update: Dog Breeder Bill Failed in Conference Committee

Earlier this week, a conference committee of New Hampshire state senators and representatives failed to agree on a compromise version of Senate Bill 569.  This effectively ended consideration of the bill for the remainder of the legislative session. SB 569 was introduced in January as a response to a high-profile cruelty case in New Hampshire.  […]

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05/15/2018 05:59 PM
New Jersey Committee to Consider Dog-Related Bills this Week

The New Jersey Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider several dog-related proposals when it meets this Thursday, May 17, 2018.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all concerned New Jersey residents contact the members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and respectfully share any concerns they have. BILLS OF CONCERN: Assembly Bill […]

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05/09/2018 04:11 PM
Amended New Hampshire Breeder Bill Up for Vote Thursday 5/10 – Express Support Now!

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 10, the New Hampshire State Senate will conduct a concurrence vote on Senate Bill 569.  Both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Dog Owners of the Granite State (DOGS) support this latest version of SB 569, which was comprehensively amended by the House of Representatives in late April.  All New Hampshire […]

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04/30/2018 07:23 PM
Rhode Island: Committees to Consider Mix of Good, Bad Bills this week; Contact Your Legislators

Several dog-related bills will be considered by Rhode Island legislative committees this week. The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports both Senate Bill 2432, which seeks to prohibit the misrepresentation of a pet as a service dog, and Senate Bill 2133, which seeks to protect homeless persons in possession of a service animal from being denied […]

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04/26/2018 06:03 PM
NH Breeder Bill Favorably Amended; Urge Support Now!

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee amended and passed Senate Bill 569.  The Committee addressed many of the concerns expressed by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Dog Owners of the Granite State (DOGS), and many breeders and owners.  Because the bill is expected to be voted on by the […]

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04/20/2018 07:48 PM
Roswell, GA: Council to Vote MONDAY to Criminalize Allowing Animals Outside in Warm or Cold Weather

The Roswell, GA, City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on an ordinance that would make it an animal cruelty violation to allow an animal to be outdoors when the temperature is below 32 degrees or above 85 degrees.  Violator would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or […]

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04/13/2018 03:38 PM
Update: Michigan Senate Passes Ban on Breed Specific Laws

Yesterday the Michigan Senate passed Senate Bill 741, which will prohibit municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies. AKC supports this bill, which protects dog owners while still allowing communities to enact laws that hold all dog owners accountable. Scroll down to the sixth page of the Senate Journal (page 532) to see the official vote for […]

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