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Public Education, Support for Breeders is a Better Solution for Puerto Rico Dogs

The images are enough to break anyone’s heart – stray dogs roaming the street without proper food, water and basic needs; shelters overflowing with unwanted animals.  There is no question that something needs to be done.  The dogs – and the people of Puerto Rico – deserve better.But punishing those who responsibly own and breed… read more


NY Times: China’s Dog Meat Festival Is Again at Hand, and Opponents Are Lining Up

By NY Times BEIJING — Two weeks before the annual dog meat festival in the southern Chinese city of Yulin, an international coalition of animal welfare advocates is stepping up pressure on the Chinese government to shut it down. A petition with more than 11 million signatures was presented to the Chinese Embassy in London… read more


California: Committee to Consider Bill Allowing Strangers to remove Dogs From Vehicles

The California Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Assembly Bill 797which will allow private citizens to remove a companion animal from a vehicle if they believe that the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm. Dog owners who reside or participate in events in California are encouraged to contact the Judiciary Committee or their Senator… read more


New Jersey Committee to Consider Dog Bills on Thursday, May 19th

The New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider two dog-related bills on Thursday, May 19.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all dog owners in New Jersey to review the proposals and contact the members of the committee with any concerns you may have. Assembly Bill 308 seeks to prohibit those convicted… read more

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Colton, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter – Tuesday, May 17 – OPPOSITION NEEDED!

Dear AKC Delegates, Club Officers, Breeders and Judges, Please pass this information on to your club members in the Colton, CA (Southern, CA) area. AKC Government Relations has just learned that the Colton City Council will consider an ordinance (p. 259-329) to require the sterilization of all dogs and cats within the city limits with… read more

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Iowa Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Harmful Breeder Legislation

The Iowa State Legislature adjourned on Friday evening for the year and once again no legislation that would negatively impact breeders and dog owners was passed. For the past several years, legislation has been introduced that would have further regulated those who maintain at least four intact dogs and receive any kind of consideration for… read more

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New AKC Position Statement Re-Emphasizes Support for Purebred Dog Breeding

For over 130 years, the American Kennel Club has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and well-being of dogs.  This is reflected in AKC events, public education initiatives, inspections, and many programs that celebrate and encourage responsible dog breeding and the preservation of purebred dogs.  At its April meeting, the AKC Board of… read more

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Louisiana Information: Quick Moving Bill Seeks to Limit Sources of Purpose-Bred Dogs

An amended version of Louisiana Senate Bill 337 (original text here, adopted amendments here), which seeks to restrict retail pet stores’ sources of dogs and cats, was unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 6.  The bill is now awaiting final passage in the State Senate.  The… read more

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Broward County, FL Adds Warrantless Searches to Breeders Permit – Hearing tomorrow 4/12 URGENT!

The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations team has just been made aware that the Broward County Commission will discuss amendments to the county’s existing breeder permit including requiring permit holders to submit to warrantless inspections of their private homes. The AKC strongly encourages dog owners and breeders to attend tomorrow’s hearing or to contact the… read more


California Boarding Kennel Bill Amended Again – Hearing April 4th

Senate Bill 945, which will establish standards of care for pet boarding facilities, has been amended again. Affected handlers, kennels and responsible dog owners and breeders who will be impacted should contact the author with concerns prior to the April 4th hearing.  You may read the amended language here. Senator Bill Monning  (Author, SB 945)… read more

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