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Canine Related Legislative Summary
The growing Animal Rights agenda is sweeping across the country. In order to protect your rights to own, breed and hunt with your dogs, you must be vigilant as to what is happening in your community. AKC has a Legislative Tracking Tool for each of the 50 states. Click on where the Mastiffs are.
The American Kennel Club has a TAKING COMMAND NEWSLETTER. It will keep you informed of legislative matters. There are also alerts sent out regarding legislative issues throughout the country that need immediate attention. These will be listed here on this site as they are released.
03-03 Vermont Committee to Consider Licensing & Inspections for Dog Owners
03-03 WV Update: Strict Breeder Bill Advances to Senate Judiciary
03-03 Wyoming Passes Positive Animal Cruelty Bill
03-01 Urgent – Sterilization Provision Added to Mississippi Bill
02-25 IL Alert: Committee to Consider Statewide BSL on Tuesday (3/1)
02-24 Wyoming Update: AKC Supports Wallis Amendment to SF 100
02-23 WV Update: Strict Breeder Bill Passes Committee
02-22 UPDATE: St. Joseph, MO to Consider New Exhibitor Regs on Tuesday (2/22)
02-22 New Texas Bills Unfair to Responsible Owners and Breeders
02-14 Missouri Committee to Consider Constitutional Rights for Animal Owners on 2/15
02-11 Warwick, RI to Consider Prohibition on Debarking on Monday, 2/14
01-31 Ohio House Committee to Consider Repeal of State Breed-Specific Laws on 2/2
01-27 Nebraska Restrictive Dog Breeding Bill Scheduled for Hearing
01-25 Saginaw, MI Seeks to Restrict Ten Large Dog Breeds
01-18 Nebraska Bill Would Further Restrict All Dog Breeding
01-03 Ask NY Legislators to Support Pet Ownership for Senior Citizens!
12-15 Austin to define anyone selling one dog a pet trader & pay a $50 fee for each puppy sold
12-02 WI Dept. of Agriculture to Consider New Breeder Regulations on December 8
12-01 Oklahoma Board of Commercial Pet Breeders Rules Hearing - New Location!
08-10 AKC Legislative Alert: Memphis to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter, New Dangerous Dog Definitions & Fee Increases on August 10th
07-22 Federal PUPS Legislation Information Update
06-17 NC Alert: Hearing on SB 460 Likely Next Week
03-22 OKLAHOMA BREEDERS BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24
03-02 Florida Bill Allowing Local BSL to be Heard Thursday, March 4
03-01 Elgin City Council To Take Final Vote on BSL!
02-26 Madison Co, Va. Board of Supervisors to vote on breeding permit for a single litter
01-11 New Hampshire Committee to Consider Unreasonable Breeder Bill
11-09 Las Vegas City Council Meeting on Mandatory spay/neuter bill Nov. 18th.
10-26 Las Vegas to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance
10-12 California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed Assembly Bill 241
10-06 Victory for Louisville KC in Suit Against City
10-06 Strict Ohio Breeder Bill to be Heard on Tuesday, October 6
09-01 URGENT: CA SB 250 Amended: Opposition Still Needed - Now!
08-28 CA SB 250 Moves to Full Assembly - Letters and Phone Calls Needed!!!
08-11 NC Victory: Sponsor Pulls Bad Breeders Bill from Committee Consideration
08-07 URGENT AKC LEGISLATIVE ALERT - ACTION NEEDED: North Carolina House to vote on Breeders Bill MONDAY
08-06 URGENT AKC LEGISLATIVE ALERT: North Carolina Breeders Bill Could be Heard on House Floor Today: Immediate Action Needed!
08-05 NC Breeder's Bill Passes by a Single Vote; Moves to the House
07-23 Bad North Carolina Bill Likely To Return Next Week: Opposition Needed To
07-09 Massachusetts Alert: 15 Bills to be Heard on Tuesday, July 14th!
07-08 North Carolina Responsible Dog Owners Making an Impact- Continued Action Needed
07-02 CA SB 250 Moves to Assembly Appropriations Committee: Opposition Needed!!
07-02 UPDATE: North Carolina Breeders Bill Placed on Senate Floor Calendar for Wednesday, July 8: OPPOSITON NEEDED!
07-01 NC ALERT: Senate Finance Committee Advances Senate Bill 460
06-23 CA SB 250 to be Heard in Assembly Business and Professions Committee
06-02 URGENT: CA SB 250 Fails First Vote -Continued Opposition Needed!!
06-01 Victory for Oklahoma Breeders and Fanciers!
06-01 CA SB 250 to Senate Floor - Opposition Calls Needed Today!!!
05-12 CA Senate Bill 250 Sent to Senate Appropriations Suspense File
05-07 AKC Launches New Canine Legislation Tracking System
05-07 URGENT TEXAS ALERT: TERRIBLE BREEDERS BILL RUSHED THROUGH LEGISLATURE-ACTION NEEDED NOW!!!
05-07 AKC President Dennis Sprung's Letter Supporting Ohio House Bill 79 to Remove Breed-Specific Language from Statute (
05-01 NEW STRICT BREEDERS BILLS INTRODUCED IN NEW YORK STATE SENATE
04-30 NC ALERT: Senate Bill 460 Passes First Committee
04-28 Senate Bill 460 will be considered by the North Carolina Senate
04-27 AKC's full alert on OR HB 2470.
04-22 AKC Legislative Alert: Oklahoma Breeders Bill Heading to Senate Conference
04-21 Legislative Alert for Oklahoma -- HB 1332 Could Be Considered by the Senate this Week
04-07 Urgent Call to Action - Oppose NY State Docking Bill
04-06 CA SB 250 Amended, Set for Hearing - Opposition Needed!
04-03 FL Senate Bills to be Considered Monday, April 6th
04-03 Texas Committee to Hear Problematic Dangerous Dog Bill on April 6
04-02 Alabama Spay/Neuter Bill Introduced
03-30 Texas House Committee to Consider Harsh Breeder Legislation
03-27 Indiana Update: Two Bills to be Heard on Tuesday, March 31
03-27 Oregon Alert! HB 2470 To Be Considered Monday, March 30
03-25 Update on Minnesota Breeder Oversight Bills
03-24 Strict Breeder Oversight Bills on the Move in Minnesota
03-24 Update: MSN Language Removed from Florida Bill!
03-23 Update: FL MSN Bill to be Considered Tuesday, March 24!
03-20 New NC Bill Targets Breeders
03-19 AKC Supports Ohio Bill Removing BSL
03-18 Montana to Hear 'Animal Hoarding' Bill on March 19
03-17 Nevada Bill to Terribly Impact Responsible Dog Breeders
03-17 UPDATE: Illinois Bills Held For Further Amendments
03-17 Washington Alert: SB 5651 to be Considered by House Judiciary Thursday, March 19th
03-17 West Virginia Bill A Radical Attempt At Limiting Dog Ownership
03-16 Texas Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bills Introduced
03-16 Arkansas Seeks to Require Annual Licenses of Up to $1000 for Dog Owners and Handlers
03-13 Oregon Bill Increases Insurance Standards for Pit Bull Owners
03-10 URGENT: Illinois Crop/Dock and Breeder Regulations Bills to Be Heard on March 10 and March 11!
03-09 URGENT: Chicago City Council Committee to Vote on Mandatory
03-09 North Carolina Bills Aim to Regulate Breeders
03-03 UPDATE: Proposed Amendment Would Improve Oklahoma HB 1332,
03-02 Washington Alert: Bill Places Numerous Regulations on Dog Breeders
03-02 Florida Alert: Bill Places Numerous Regulations on Dog Breeders and Owners
03-02 Rottweilers and Pit Bulls Targeted in New Mexico BSL
02-26 California Senate Bill 250 Penalizes Owners of Intact Animals
02-26 Washington Alert: Bill Places Numerous Regulations on Dog Breeders
02-17 Rottweilers and Pit Bulls Targeted in New Mexico BSL
02-17 Maryland Alert- Breeders Bill to Be Considered Thursday, February 12
02-17 Responsible Indiana Dog Owners/Breeders Needed to Help Stop Breeders Bill on February 11
02-17 New Hampshire Bill Restricting Sale of Litters to Be Heard February 11
02-17 Maryland Alert: Strict Breeders Bill to be Heard February 18
02-07 AKC Troubled by Illinois Crop/Dock Bill
02-07 Maryland Dog Federation
01-31 Nebraska Alert: Strict Breeders Bill to be Heard Tues., Feb. 3
01-31 Breed-Specific Bill Introduced in Hawaii
01-29 UPDATE: Montana BSL Legislation Soundly Defeated
01-29 Minnesota Alert: Breeders Bills Up for Consideration on Jan. 27
01-22 Florida Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Introduced
01-21 Illinois Breeders Bill Limits Dog Ownership, Unreasonably Restricts Breeders
01-17 Riverside County, CA
01-10 Update - Montana BSL Bill Named and Assigned to Committee
01-05 Montana Bill Will Seek to Ban and Euthanize Some Terriers
09-11 Massachusetts HB 5092 Bad News For All Dog Owners
09-08 Michigan Breeder Bill Introduced
09-08 AKC URGENT ALERT: CA AB 1634 to Change
07-10 CA AB 1634 Proceeds to the Senate Appropriations Committee;
06-27 Harmful Ordinance Passed by Dallas City Council
06-25 CA AB 1634 - Amended and Passed by Committee
06-23 Damaging New York Bill To Be Rushed Through Legislature! Voice Your Opposition Now
06-23 New Pet Dealer Bill, Companion to AB 11509, Introduced in NY Senate
06-23 UPDATE: NY Pet Dealer Bill Not To Be Considered This Session!
06-23 Dallas Legislation Update: Action Needed!
05-20 OH Breeders Bill to be Heard by Committee Thursday, May 22
05-20 Draconian Ohio Breed-Specific Bill Introduced
05-19 Chicago Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Criminal Background
03-26 Breeder Permitting, Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal in Dallas, Texas
02-20 Problematic Dangerous Dog Bill Introduced in Minnesota
01-30 LA City Council to Vote on Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance
01-30 Arizona MSN Bill's Committee Assignments
01-30 VA Update: MSN Bill Tabled in Committee
01-29 Mandatory Spay/Neuter Reintroduced in New Jersey
01-28 Breeders Bill to be Heard by Virginia House Committee Wednesday
01-23 Arizona Alert: Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Introduced
01-23 Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Introduced in Virginia
01-23 Reintroduced New Jersey Bill Bad News For Breeders
01-23 Palm Beach County, FL Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Hobby Breeder Licensing
01-18 UPDATE: Palm Beach County Commissioners Give Initial Approval to Animal Control Changes - Your Help is Needed!
01-18 Tennessee Breed Specific Legislation Introduced
01-18 Reintroduced New Jersey Bill Bad News For Breeders
01-18 MT BSL Bill to be Considered Thursday, Jan 22!
01-13 OH Committee To Consider Removing State BSL Language Tomorrow!
01-12 WI Commercial Breeder/Consumer Protection Bills To Be Considered Thursday
01-11 Palm Beach County, FL Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Hobby Breeder Licensing
01-07 OHIO Committee To Consider Removing State BSL Language Tomorrow!
12-10 Senator Durbin Files Amendment to 2007 Farm Bill
12-10 San Antonio Ordinance Revision Vote Scheduled
11-13 Wisconsin Commercial Breeder/Consumer Protection Bills Introduced
06-07 Oppose Overreaching NJ Proposal
06-07 AB 1634 Passes Assembly - The Fight Continues
05-21 AB 1634 Passes Assembly - The Fight Continues
05-08 Support MA's Anti-BSL Bill
04-05 Attn! UPDATED: CA Spay/Neuter Action Center
04-03 Texas Committee to Consider Dangerous Dog Bill Tomorrow
04-03 Introduction of Tethering Bills in Multiple States
03-30 Dennis Sprung Letter Opposing CA Mandatory Spay/Neuter (PDF)
03-21 Hillsborough County, Florida Considers Dangerous Dog Ordinance Changes
03-15 UPDATE: MN Dog and Cat Breeders Act Pulled from Agenda
03-13 ACT NOW! MN House Committee to Consider 'Dog and Cat Breeders Act'
03-09 Mandator Spay/Neuter Bill In New Mexico Dies
03-05 Statewide Spay and Neuter Bill Introduced in California Legislature
02-15 Kentucky Bill Aims to Protect Rights of Breeders and Owners
02-15 Taking Command - January/February 2007
02-14 New Mexico Bill to Make Spay and Neuter Mandatory
02-07 UPDATE: Sponsor Confirms Indiana Breeders Bill Will Not Move Forward In Current Form
02-05 New York Bill Will Impose Mandatory Microchipping and Enrollment in State Registry
02-05 UPDATE: Pennsylvania Governor Aims to Regulate Breeders
02-01 Mandatory Microchipping and Fees Proposed in Indiana
01-24 MN Dog and Cat Breeders Act Aims to Regulate Breeders
01-18 VA Mandatory Sterilization Bill Tabled
01-17 The Davidson County Board of Commissioners will meet February 13th
01-11 The Show Goes On: Update on Kentuckiana Cluster (PDF)
01-07 Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs.
01-07 American Kennel Club News Article - Pennsylvania Governor Aims to Regulate Breeders
01-04 Louisville Enacts Major Changes to Animal Control Law
12-31 please notify anyone you know from Pennsylvania - comment period has started. Make sure your voice is heard to support re
10-04 Fourth-Annual AKC Lobby Day Held in Washington, D.C.
10-04 PAWS Status Report
10-02 Breed-Specific Proposals to be Heard at Mississippi City Councils Tomorrow
09-26 Indianapolis to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Mandatory Microchipping
09-08 AKC and AKC CAR Make Recommendations to USDA on Microchip Identification of Pets
08-29 Louisville Pursues BSL, Limit Laws and Breeder Licensing
08-24 UPDATE! Riverside County Cancels Final Public Meeting on Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Mandatory Microchipping Ordinances
08-11 Update! Sacramento Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance Vote Tuesday
08-10 UPDATE! Action Needed in San Antonio
08-09 New Jersey Breeder Bill on Hold
08-07 Senate Passes Federal 'PETS' Act
08-02 Chairman Menaker Contacts New Jersey Assembly Members Regarding A3401
08-02 New Jersey Bill Bad News for Breeders
07-18 Riverside County, CA Announces Public Meetings Regarding Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Mandatory Microchipping
07-12 PAWS UPDATE
06-28 NY Crop/Dock Bill Dead for 2006
06-28 Riverside County Releases Details of Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Mandatory Microchip Ordinances
06-20 San Antonio Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Breeder Permits
06-16 UPDATE: Indianapolis Holds Public Hearing on Dog Violence
06-09 Attn NEW CALL TO ACTION FOR AMENDED NY STATE CROP/DOCK BILL
06-06 AKC Endorses Federal PETS Act
06-06 Riverside County, CA Holds Public Meetings Regarding Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal
05-26 A Victory in California!
05-18 NY Bill Would Prohibit Cropping & Docking
05-17 Dennis Sprung Letter to Oppose NY Crop/Dock Bill (PDF)
05-04 LA Passes Mandatory Spay/Neuter - Other Areas Expected to Follow
05-04 UPDATE! Berkeley Considers Breed-Specific Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal
04-28 CALL TO ACTION: Help Needed in Los Angeles
04-26 Urgent Help Needed in Albuquerque
04-26 California Bill Would Outlaw Field Trials
04-21 Louisville Task Force Reconsiders BSL, Punitive Restrictions
04-05 LA County Releases Details of Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal
03-31 Berkeley Considers Breed-Specific Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal
03-15 Success in Delaware!
03-10 Long Beach Lifts Breeding Ban
03-09 BSL Proposed in Delaware
03-08 Good News for Oklahoma Dog Owners
03-07 Ohio Court Rules BSL Unconstitutional
02-28 MA and NY Consider Homeowner's Insurance Bills
02-28 Update: VT Ear Cropping Bill Scheduled for Hearing
02-24 Update: Illinois Legislation
02-24 Oklahoma BSL Update!
02-24 Attention Louisville Dog Owners
02-23 LA Rejects BSL, Pursuing Mandatory Spay/Neuter of ALL Dogs
02-15 $200 Intact Animal Fee Proposed in Sacramento
02-10 BSL Introduced in Missouri
02-09 Help Urgently Needed to Stop VT Ear Cropping Bill!
02-09 PAWS Update
02-01 VT Ear Cropping Bill Moves Forward
02-01 Update: Los Angeles County Supervisors Move Forward with BSL
01-31 Detroit City Council Rejects BSL!
01-25 Colorado Bill Would Once Again Permit BSL (UPDATED)
01-24 'Pit Bull' Bill Introduced Again in New Jersey
01-23 Oklahoma Considers Permitting BSL
01-18 Virginia Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill!
01-12 BSL on the Move in Illinois!
01-08 WISCONSIN Commercial Breeder/Consumer Protection Bills To Be Considered Thursday
01-04 VT Considers Ban on Ear Cropping
The American Kennel Club does not issue an alert for every piece of anti-dog legislation in the country. It is up to the residents of communities to stay informed of the issues and to be organized to help stop the trend.
One way to accomplish that is to join a local All Breed Club. If they don’t have a Legislative Liaison, volunteer for the job. Have a legislative table at your ALL BREED & Specialty Shows to inform people of the issues at hand. The AKC Legislative Dept. has brochures on a variety of issues that are free for the asking.
If there is a Federation in your state, get involved with it. There are many states that have e lists specifically for animal legislative matters. I recommend signing up if there is one in your state. If there isn’t one, perhaps you and some other interested dog people would consider starting one. If you start it up, the word will spread and people will sign on.
Here is a list of the most current pet law sites:
- Alabama Pet Law.
- California Pet Law
- CA Exotic Animal Law
- The Animal Council
- CA Exotic Animal Law
- Florida Pet Law
- Florida Pet Law Website
- Illinois Pet-Law
- Indiana Pet Law
- Maine Pet Law
- Michigan Pet Law
- No BSL in Michigan
- Mississippi Pet Law
- Missouri Federation of Animal Owners (Mofed)
- New England
- Pet Law in New England
- New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Dogs
- New Jersey
- NJ Dog Law
- New Mexico
- New Mexico's Animal Control
This is a public forum to address animal control issues and legislation in New Mexico.
- New York
- New York Dog Legislation
- North Carolina
- North Carolina Pet Law
- Oregon Pet Law
- Pennsylvania Dog Legislation
- Rocky Mountain region
- Rocky Mountain Pet Law
- South Carolina
- All South Carolina Pet Law
- TX-Pet-Law - an announcement-only list for the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance. Subscribers are not able to post messages to this list. It will keep you informed regarding animal/pet ownership issues. To join, send a "Subscribe" e-mail with your name in the message body to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virginia Dog Legislation
- Virginia Hunting Dog Owners' Association
- Virginia Dog Legislation
- Washington Pet Law
- West Virginia
- West Virginia Pet Law
- WI Animal Laws
- Dog Federation of Wisconsin
- Dog Legislation Council of Canada
The National Animal Interest Alliance also has a newsletter you can sign up for at: email@example.com. Working together, we can make a difference and ensure that our children and grandchildren will enjoy the same rights of pet ownership as we have.
PAWS 4 LAWS is a new site which is posting all anti-dog legislation in all communities no matter how big or small. Bookmark their address and check on it regularly in order to protect your rights to own, breed, hunt and enjoy your pets. You can contact your legislators directly from their site.
APC Legislative Liaison