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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

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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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COSR/Sanderbeck Appeal Dismissed – WHY? WHY Do They Want to be the Owner of the Dog?

The Tenth District Court of Appeals in Columbus, Ohio, asked Attorney John Bell (representing Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue/Penny Sanderbeck) this question during their appeal to overturn the Municipal Court’s Order of Possession giving Piper, the Champion Shetland Sheepdog, back to her owners (July 23, 2015) . Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream was held and kept hidden… read more

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The War Dog Who Inspired Change for Canine Soldiers

In November 2015, President Barack Obama signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which included language to allow military working dogs to return to the United States and live as pets with their service-member handlers. Under this bill, if the dog is retired overseas, the military will pay for transportation of the dog to the… read more

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Iowa Group Celebrates Responsible Dog Breeding and Legislative Champions at State Capitol

For the past several years, legislation has been introduced in Iowa that would further expand some of the most restrictive dog breeding rules in the country. A dedicated group of Iowa breeders and club members have joined together and been working tirelessly to share the other side of the story – all the ways responsible… read more

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