In addition to the numerous state bills, the AKC Government Relations Department is also tracking over 70 local proposals that may affect your rights as dog owners. If you hear of an issue in your community, contact us at (919) 816-3720 or email@example.com. We will be happy to provide you with the resources, tools, and support you need to help fight for responsible dog ownership in your community.
Here are a few of the local issues we are currently working on:
Santa Barbara County, CA – A county task force gave preliminary approval to a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for Santa Barbara County. The ordinance now goes to the County Board of Supervisors for consideration. It is imperative that all dog owners in Santa Barbara County contact the Board of Supervisors immediately to express their opposition to mandatory spay/neuter laws.
Wichita, Kansas – The Wichita City Council passed a law that limits animal ownership. Wichita residents may own two animals, or obtain an Animal Maintenance Permit which allows them to own up to four animals. “Pit bull” owners may not apply for an Animal Maintenance Permit, and are required to sterilize their dogs. The new law also defines “breeder” as anyone who owns two intact females, regardless of age. All breeders must obtain a breeder’s permit. The AKC notified Wichita AKC officials and fanciers of the public meetings and provided talking points and materials. In addition, the AKC sent a letter and memo to the Council opposing the ordinance and providing suggestions for alternative solutions.
Fayette, Alabama – The Fayette City Council passed a law classifying “pit bulls” as dangerous dogs and banning ownership in city limits. The AKC worked with its state federation, notified local AKC officials and fanciers, and provided sample letters.