An important part of responsible dog ownership is compliance with all dog laws, including kennel, licensing, zoning, leash laws and animal control regulations on both the state and local levels. Highlights of laws changed in 2011 that could impact you include:
Missouri – In April, Governor Nixon signed Senate Bill 161. This new law, which became effective immediately, eliminated the 50-dog ownership limit and made several other positive changes to the Proposition B provisions passed in November 2010. Read more about the changes made in this new law.
Oklahoma – Governor Fallin approved several measures in May that made changes to the Commercial Pet Breeders Act enacted in 2010. These changes, which became effective immediately, included establishing a toll-free hotline for reporting animal abuse and prohibiting the Oklahoma State Board of Commercial Pet Breeders, which oversees enforcement of breeder regulation, from hiring “humane society groups” to perform inspections. The changes also removed sections of the law that required a breeder to submit “any other relevant information required by the (Oklahoma State Commercial Pet Breeders) Board.” Regulations to implement these changes were released in December 2011 for public comment. Read more about the changes to the Commercial Pet Breeders Act and regulations. AKC GR has provided formal comments on these changes and continues to monitor the regulations being adopted in conjunction with this law. Read AKC’s comments.
Local laws – It’s also important to ensure you are in compliance with your local laws. Take time to contact your city and county administrators and animal control offices to see if any new laws were passed last year. Make sure that you are up to date with all applicable dog, kennel, business and zoning licenses and are knowledgeable about all animal control laws.
Looking ahead – 2012 elections
Stay tuned to future issues of Taking Command for more information on how to get involved in the elections and help elect candidates who will protect your rights as responsible dog owners and breeders.