Legislative Alerts

AKC Legislative Alerts

Learn the latest from AKC Government Relations and take action on bills that could impact responsible dog ownership, canine well being and your rights to own a dog.

  • State Reopenings and Status of Pet Care Services  October 27, 2020
    The following chart provides information on COVID-19 shelter in place/closure orders with respect to rules impacting access to pet care, supplies, and services.  This document will be updated to reflect changing circumstances as new information becomes available. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many states are shutting down all but what they deem to be essential […]
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  • San Antonio Update: City Council to Consider Animal Ordinances Changes This Week (Updated Contact Info Included) October 27, 2020
    The San Antonio City Council is scheduled to consider changes to the city’s animal ordinances at its meeting this Thursday, October 29, 2020.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9AM. As previously reported, the ordinance seeks to further limit breeding and restrict pet stores to sourcing dogs and cats only from an animal rescue […]
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  • Status Of Legislatures Impacted by COVID-19 October 26, 2020
    As you may have already seen, the COVID-19 outbreak and preventative public health measures are having a significant impact on legislative schedules and hearings around the country. Schedules are evolving rapidly.  As of (11:00 AM on 10/13/20), here are the latest schedule updates impacting legislation at the state and federal level. Please continue to check […]
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  • Aiken County, SC: Proposed Ordinance Includes Unlimited Inspections of Any Private Home Due to a Barking Dog Issue—on Agenda Tomorrow, 10/20/20 October 19, 2020
    A revised proposed animal ordinance is on the Aiken County Council agenda for Tuesday, October 20, 2020.  The proposal could be discussed tomorrow and/or at a future county council meeting. Among other requirements, the revised ordinance seeks to require registration with the county as an offender by any person convicted of a dangerous dog violation […]
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  • Update: Marshfield, MA Town Vote on Breeder Licenses Postponed – Vote “No” on Article 1 to Support Healthy Dogs and Protect Consumers October 19, 2020
    Tonight, October 19, at 7:00pm, residents in Marshfield, Massachusetts, will be asked at a special town meeting to vote on two of three proposed dog ordinances, Articles 1, 2 and 3.  We are grateful that after the American Kennel Club’s (AKC’s) initial legislative alert and subsequent contacts were made with town officials, Article 3 regarding […]
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  • Michigan: COVID Liability Bill Heading to Governor October 16, 2020
    The Michigan Legislature has passed a bill relating to protecting various groups, industries, and people from liability for claims relating to exposure to COVID-19.  It will likely be transmitted to the governor very soon as part of a package of liability bills relating to several different entities.  All bills in the package must be signed […]
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  • Texas Info: Legislature Required Updates to State-Licensed Dog Breeders Rules Proposed October 16, 2020
    Last year, Texas Governor Abbott signed SB 1531 into law, which added pleas of “no contest” to animal cruelty charges as a ground for denying or refusing to renew a breeder license. Today, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) proposed amendments to the state’s Dog or Cat Breeders Act regulations to implement SB […]
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  • San Antonio City Council to Consider Limits on Sellers Permits and Sourcing Restrictions for Pet Stores October 15, 2020
    The San Antonio City Council is expected to consider a new animal ordinance that seeks to further limit breeding and restrict pet stores to sourcing dogs and cats only from an animal rescue organization, an animal control agency, or a county animal shelter licensed by the city. Currently, Sec. 5-106 of the city’s ordinances requires […]
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  • Texas Info: Next Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for November 30 October 12, 2020
    The next meeting of Texas’ Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee is scheduled for Monday, November 30, 2020, at 10AM.  The meeting will be held via video conference and will be broadcast live on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s YouTube channel. Please note that the agenda and staff reports to be considered are currently unavailable, […]
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  • NJ: Support Bill to Make Animal Trunk Fighting a Felony Offense October 12, 2020
    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 […]
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