Legislative Alerts – American Kennel Club

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07/11/2018 08:30 PM
Massachusetts Legislation Would Provide Tax Credits for Adoption of Certain Dogs and Cats

Massachusetts House Bill 4647 seeks to provide tax credits for individuals who adopt certain dogs from a shelter.  The bill is scheduled to be considered by the General Court’s Joint Revenue Committee on Tuesday, July 17.  Massachusetts residents are encouraged to contact the members of the Joint Revenue Committee and express any concerns they may […]

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07/11/2018 07:17 PM
CA Update: Palm Springs Council Removes Breeder Ban From Tonight’s Agenda

The City of Palm Springs has removed an item from tonight’s City Council’s meeting agenda regarding a proposed ordinance that would have banned all dog and cat breeding within the city limits. The City Clerk’s office and the City Manager’s office have both just confirmed to AKC Government Relations that the item has been pulled […]

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07/10/2018 05:18 PM
URGENT CA ALERT: Palm Springs Considering Potential Prohibition of Residential Dog Breeding TOMORROW (7/11)

The City of Palm Springs will formally introduce a proposal tomorrow (July 11) that will ban all “backyard breeding”, defined as any breeding for a business or commercial purpose on residential property. Those who reside or exhibit in Palm Springs are strongly encouraged to contact the city council TODAY and ask them to oppose the […]

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07/02/2018 07:34 PM
Victory for Ohio Dogs and Breeders

On Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law that will have a significant positive impact on dogs, dog owners, breeders, and sportsmen throughout Ohio. House Bill 506, which contains numerous amendments requested by the AKC, is a compromise bill developed with a broad range of stakeholders concerned about animal welfare in the state.  The […]

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06/27/2018 08:03 PM
Breaking News Update: Dallas City Council Passes Changes to City’s Animal Ordinances

1PM – AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) has received word that all proposed changes to the City of Dallas’ animal ordinances under consideration today have been passed by the City Council.  Reports indicate that the Council failed to address the concerns expressed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and by many concerned clubs, breeders, owners, […]

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06/26/2018 08:37 PM
New York Legislature Adjourns, Resulting in Numerous Victories for Dogs

The New York Assembly and Senate officially adjourned, resulting in several victories for responsible owners, breeders, and hobbyists in the state. Thanks to your phone calls and emails, bills did not advance that would have regulated hobby breeders, created unclear regulations for dog trainers, or made dangerous and unreasonable changes to the state’s consumer protection […]

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06/26/2018 04:10 PM
AKC Reiterates Concerns with Dallas Proposal

As previously reported, the Dallas City Council will consider changes to its animal ordinances at its Wednesday, June 27, meeting.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) expressed concerns with the proposal, and encouraged residents and other grassroots contacts to also share their concerns with the Dallas City Council.  Late yesterday, stakeholders received feedback from Council staff […]

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06/15/2018 04:22 PM
Dallas to Consider Imposing Mandatory Spay/Neuter on All Dogs Redeemed from Shelter, Other Changes

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the Dallas City Council is scheduled to consider two dog-related ordinance changes that were recently passed by its Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture Committee at the urging of Dallas Animal Services.  One non-controversial change would amend the city’s dangerous dog law.  Another change, however, would require any animal redeemed […]

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06/04/2018 03:29 PM
Broward County, FL— Council Votes TOMORROW on Reduced Representation for Animal Owners

The Broward County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote tomorrow, June 5, on a measure that would reduce the number of seats on the county Animal Care Advisory Committee from 18 to 11 members, thereby reducing the number of seats available to animal owners, breeders, and pet professionals in the community. Concerned citizens are […]

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06/01/2018 08:10 PM
New USDA Rule Broadens Thresholds for De Minimis Activity and Exemptions From AWA Licensing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a final rule that updates  animal welfare regulations to implement a 2014 amendment to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).   These changes will allow APHIS, “to more effectively use its resources while ensuring the humane treatment of regulated animals under the […]

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