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Congressioinal Canine Spotlight-Cocker Spaniel Serves as “Legislative Therapy Dog” On Capitol Hill

When you go to Capitol Hill, you expect to have meetings and to exchange business cards.  If you stop by the Office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine, you may receive one for “Oliver – Spaniel and Statesman”.  These cards (not paid for at taxpayer expense) have a photo of the office’s official “Legislative Therapy Dog” –… read more

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Miami-Dade County (FL): Support End to Pit Bull Ban, First Vote Rescheduled to 11/15/16

A rescheduled first reading on an ordinance to end the Miami-Dade County “pit bull” ban is scheduled to be held on November 15, 2016. This ordinance was initially considered by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on October 5 and failed to pass. However, because that meeting was abbreviated due to an approaching hurricane, commissioners… read more

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Election 2016 – Make a Statement On Behalf of Dogs

Election Day 2016 is November 8. In these last days leading up to the election, candidates are vying for your vote. You may receive phone calls, visits from volunteer door knockers, or even a direct appeal from the candidate. As you walk to your polling place for early voting or on Election Day, you may… read more

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Pinellas Co. Fl Proposed Ordinance Would Regulate a Person Who Sells One Litter as a “Pet Dealer”

The Pinellas County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing and consider changes to the county animal ordinance at its October 11 meeting. Among other provisions of concern, the proposed ordinance would define a person who sells one litter of cats or dogs per year as “pet dealer” and require compliance with… read more

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NJ Alert: SB1013 Threatens Accepted Responsible Care Practices for Dog Shows and Traveling

The AKC is concerned with many aspects of the bill, and urges all concerned dog owners in New Jersey, especially purebred dog fanciers and enthusiasts, to request that the members of the committee amend the bill as recommended below to ensure that responsible dog owners and handlers are not unreasonably and unnecessarily impacted. New Jersey… read more

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Palm Beach County (FL) Ordinance Would Strike Exemption for Hobby Breeders and Redefine “Pet Dealer”

On September 27, 2016, the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and final vote on proposed amendments to the animal control ordinance. The provisions of the ordinance will be applicable to all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County, unless a municipal exemption applies. Although the proposed ordinance includes… read more

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New Mexico: Santa Fe County Public Hearing on Breeder, Sterilization, Tethering Laws on Sept. 13

The Santa Fe County is holding the first of two public hearings on Tuesday, September 13, on a proposal that would impact all dog owners residing or participating in events in the county. Those who reside or participate in events in the county are strongly encouraged to contact the committee, and if possible, attend the… read more

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New AKC Position Statement: Freedom of Choice & Education is Pillar of Successful Dog Ownership

On August 8, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice. The statement (below) takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership. It also affirms AKC’s opposition to legislation that… read more

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APHIS Proposed Rule Makes Regulations Consistent with Animal Welfare Act

Today, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published proposed updates to its regulations to make them consistent with existing requirements under the federal Animal Welfare Act AWA). These rules do not represent a change in current USDA policy regarding licensing. The proposed updates (known as a “proposed rule”) reflect changes to the… read more

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Oregon supreme Court Decision Not the Landmark Case Animal Rights Advocates Claim

By Jessica Acito, GR Intern, and Phil M. Guidry, J.D., GR Sr. Policy Analyst Last week the Oregon Supreme Court handed down a decision in Oregon v. Newcomb regarding the relationship between animal cruelty and a dog’s legal status as personal property.  The court allowed a blood sample, taken from a dog seized without its… read more

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