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Massachusetts Update: More Bills Added to Committee Agenda for October 28th

Last week, AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) published information regarding the upcoming meeting of the Joint Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee of the Massachusetts legislature.  Since then, additional bills have been added to the committee’s agenda.  Two of the newly-added bills, SB 443 and HB 634, may prove problematic.  AKC GR encourages all concerned… read more

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AKC Announces Recipients of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 AKC® Lifetime Achievement Awards: Patti L. Strand (Conformation), John Cox (Companion Events) and John Russell (Performance). The Awards, first created and awarded in 1999, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy…. read more

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Should We Ban Dog Breeding until Every Dog Shelter Empties?

    FORT WORTH, TX, October 22, 2015 –The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 3.9 million dogs enter community animal shelters every year in the United States. Some shelter dogs are returned to their owners, some are turned over to rescue groups, and some are adopted out. However, ASPCA estimates that 1.2… read more

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Five Heroic Dogs Honored With AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)

New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund has announced the winners of the 16th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards commemorate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly impacted the lives of their owners and people in their communities. One award is presented in each of the following five… read more

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Why Pet Shop Laws Affect You

Most breeders don’t think of themselves as having much in common with retail pet stores. But many anti-breeder extremists already consider you one, and a slew of legislation now appearing in dozens of communities across the country defines just about  anyone who  breeds or sells a dog as a retail pet store. Throughout the country,… read more

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The American Kennel Club Announces Decision to Maintain Operations in North Carolina and NY Metropolitan Area

New York, NY-New York, NY- Ronald H. Menaker, Chairman of The American Kennel Club (The AKC®), announced that the Board of Directors concluded, at their October 19th and 20th meeting, to narrow the search for future AKC offices to two locations. The operational facility will be in the Research Triangle area of Raleigh, North Carolina… read more

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Michgan Committee to Discuss Shelter, Possible Breeder Regulations on 10/21

The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee is scheduled to take public testimony on Wednesday, October 21, on a bill that as introduced creates numerous new regulations regarding shelter intake and release of dogs and cats.  The agenda for the hearing also indicates that the bill may include provisions “to include large-scale commercial dog breeders.” Summary:… read more

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Belfast Dog Show 2015 – Utility group

The Utility group across the Irish Sea for Belfast championship dog show was Dave Killilea who awarded his top prize in the Utility group to a dog who a week earlier collected his first Best in Show. The Bulldog Ch Sealaville He’s Tyler.

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Dog Writers Lunch Awards Banquet & Seminar Slate, Editor Appointments Announced

(New York – October 13, 2015) – The venerable Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has changed its longtime awards dinner to an expanded daylong format with a new seminar and luncheon awards banquet. The full day of events will be held Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City prior to… read more

Urban Resource Institute and Nestlé Purina Unveil the Purina Pet Haven

New York, NY – October 13, 2015 – Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestlé Purina PetCare (Purina) today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Manhattan’s first-ever dog park in a domestic violence shelter. The new dog park is located at Urban Women’s Retreat (UWR), a emergency shelter that is part of the URIPALS (People and… read more

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