Legislation That Affects You
– McGeehee officials are currently considering revisions to the
city’s dangerous dog ordinance. AKC sent materials and a letter
stating our opposition to breed-specific legislation to the mayor and
the board of alderman. The Canine Legislation department will continue
to monitor this situation closely, and we encourage local fanciers to
do the same.
– The North
Little Rock City Council is considering a breed-specific dangerous dog
ordinance that would ban new “pit bulls,” Staffordshire
Terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and American Bull Dogs from
the city. The measure would further require current owners of those
breeds to register their dogs with the city and obtain $100,000 in liability
insurance. The Canine Legislation department sent a letter of opposition
and materials to the mayor and city council. For more information, contact
– Officials in Stanislaus County may soon consider a new animal
control ordinance that may include a breeder licensing proposal. AKC
sent a letter of concern to the board of supervisors and will continue
to monitor the situation closely. We urge local fanciers to do the same.
For more information contact The
GEORGIA – Thanks to the hard work of countless
volunteers, dogs in Macon now have a new place to play. The Macon Dog
Park officially opened on October 30. For more information, click here.
– In spite of strong opposition from local dog owners, Council
Bluffs officials continue to consider a breed-specific dangerous dog
ordinance. A third reading of the proposal is scheduled for early November.
The Canine Legislation department reiterated its opposition to breed-specific
laws in a letter to the mayor and city council, and it is critical that
local fanciers to do the same. For additional information on how you
can help fight this measure, contact Phyllis
Gasper or Darlene Kofoed.
– In October,
Fairfield officials approved a breed-specific ordinance that automatically
classifies American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers,
Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German
Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes
as dangerous dogs. AKC sent a letter of opposition and materials to
the mayor and city council and worked with local dog owners to oppose
– The Monticello
Council for Responsible Pet Ownership reports that the city council
recently approved a breed-specific dangerous dog ordinance that automatically
deems American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and
Staffordshire Bull Terriers dangerous dogs. The measure passed despite
strong opposition from AKC and local fanciers. For more information
on what you can do to help oppose breed-specific legislation in Iowa,
please contact the Monticello
Council for Responsible Pet Ownership.
– The Leavenworth City Commission continues to consider revisions
to the city’s dangerous dog ordinance. AKC has contacted city
officials to voice our support of reasonable dangerous dog legislation,
and we encourage local fanciers to do the same. For City Commissioner
contact information, click here.
– Mount Rainier officials are considering the repeal of the city’s
current two-dog limit. The Canine Legislation department sent materials
in support of the repeal to members of the city council and local fanciers.
A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for November 9. For more
information, contact Adrianne Lefkowitz.
– The City of Malden may soon consider a breed-specific ordinance
that automatically deems “pit bulls,” Rottweilers, Chow
Chows, Doberman Pinschers, Shar-Peis and wolf-hybrids as “animals
of concern.” Animals of concern must be registered with the city,
spayed or neutered and be microchipped. The Canine Legislation department
sent a letter of opposition and information packets to city officials
and will continue to monitor the situation closely. For additional information,
contact the Massachusetts
Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Owners or Charlotte
– Due to strong
opposition from concerned dog owners, New Bedford officials recently
voted to table a proposed breed-specific dangerous dog ordinance in
order to research the issue further. AKC sent a letter and materials
opposing such legislation. Congratulations to those working to oppose
this measure. For more information, contact Lisa
In October, the Canine Legislation department sent a letter to Assembly
Majority Leader Joe Roberts asking for his support on A2373, a bill
prohibiting insurance providers from discriminating against homeowners
based on a dog’s breed. New Jersey fanciers are strongly encouraged
to contact Asm. Roberts, as well as their own assembly member, in a
similar light. To find your legislator’s contact information,
it has not seen movement since its introduction in June, Sen. James’
S1718 is very much alive. The bill would allow municipalities to require
special licenses for “pit bulls,” American Staffordshire
Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and any
dog of a “pit bull type.” S1718 also requires these breeds
to be leashed and muzzled when off the owner’s property and confined
in a permanent enclosure that must be inspected monthly by animal control.
The bill also requires owners to obtain liability insurance. The Canine
Legislation department urges concerned dog owners to contact members
of the Senate Committee on Economic Growth, Agriculture and Tourism
and voice their opposition to this restrictive bill. Contact information
for committee members is available here.
– The Morris
Area Responsible Dog Owners Group (MARDOG) reports that Morris County
officials have agreed to make the dog run at Lewis Morris Park permanent.
Congratulations to all those who worked to make the park a reality.
For more information, contact MARDOG.
borough officials may soon consider a proposal that would permit animal
control officers to declare a dog “menacing” if it “poses
a threat of bodily injury or death to a human being.” Once a dog
is declared menacing, owners must secure the dog in an approved enclosure
or keep the dog leashed and muzzled when off the owner’s property.
Owners must also obtain $100,00 in liability insurance. Violators would
be subject to a fine of up to $500 and community service. The Canine
Legislation department is monitoring the situation with local fanciers.
For additional information
on any New Jersey legislation, contact the New
Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs.
– Irmo dogs and their owners recently celebrated the opening of
the Barking Lot, a new community dog park. The park is the second in
the area and is open to members for a fee of $35 per year. For more
information, call the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission at (803-772-3336).
– Corpus Christi officials continue to consider revisions to the
city’s animal control laws. While breeder licensing has been removed
from the latest draft of the proposal, concerns remain that such provisions
could return. Fanciers are also concerned about provisions on animal
limits, commercial animal facility requirements and mandatory spay/neuter
following impoundment. AKC and local fanciers continue to monitor the
situation closely. For more information contact Barbara
Beynon, Corpus Christi Kennel Club, or the Responsible
Pet Owners Alliance.
– Before AKC or local fanciers were aware, Lancaster officials
approved an ordinance banning “pit bulls,” American Staffordshire
Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and American Pit Bull Terriers
from the city. Local dog owners are fighting the ban, and the Canine
Legislation department noted its own opposition in a statement to the
mayor and city council.
– In October, Rep. Green’s H4264 was amended by the House
Judiciary Committee. The bill would make it illegal to sponsor or exhibit
an animal fighting venture if the animal was moved by interstate or
foreign commerce. The bill further prohibits the selling, buying or
transporting of animals through interstate or foreign commerce. Amendments
include a provision that would make it illegal to use the US Postal
Service to promote an animal fighting venture. A similar bill, Sen.
Specter’s S2908, was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
– Despite strong opposition from concerned dog owners
and canine groups, Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant formally
introduced legislation that would ban the breeding, selling or import
of “pit bulls” and would strengthen restrictions for existing
owners of the breed throughout the province. The Canine Legislation
department sent a letter of opposition and materials to province officials
in September and will continue to support the opposition efforts of
concerned dog owners.