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May 16th Update

Today, the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations voted 9-to-7 in favor of Assembly Bill 1634. The bill will now be considered by the full Assembly.

The American Kennel Club thanks the more than 600 people who attended today's hearing in opposition to AB 1634, and everyone who contacted their legislators and the Assembly Appropriations Committee members.

Today's developments are only one part of the long legislative process. As the bill continues to move, continued fervent opposition by breeders and concerned dog owners is essential to its defeat. Now more than ever, it is vital that breeders and concerned owners in California write or visit your Assemblymember and express your vehement opposition to AB 1634. More often than not, Assemblymembers work from their district offices on Fridays. This makes Fridays a great time to meet with them and discuss your concerns.

AKC will continue to monitor and report developments in California as they warrant. Please return to tomorrow for further information.

AB 1634 Amended Again - Continued Opposition Needed!

California Assembly Bill 1634 has been amended again. The amendments will provide an exemption to out-of-state fanciers if the owner can prove that the cat or dog is temporarily in California for training, showing or any other legitimate reason as determined by the local jurisdiction.

The bill also will allow purebred dog owners and breeders to qualify for and purchase an intact animal permit if they meet one of the following criteria:
  • The animal has competed in at least one show in the previous two years.
  • The cat or dog has earned, or if under two years of age is in the process of earning a title.
While the amendments address some of our concerns, the AKC continues to oppose AB 1634. Contrary to proponent's claims that purebred dog breeders are exempt from the proposal, the bill will require breeders pay an undetermined annual fee for every intact dog they possess. This financial burden will penalize responsible breeders and owners for a purported problem they are not responsible for.

Additionally, few jurisdictions in California currently have breeder's licenses. Creation and administration of the new intact animal permit and/or the breeder's licenses will divert valuable animal control resources from things like protecting the public from stray dogs and investigating animal cruelty.

As always, the American Kennel Club opposes the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans, or mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs. Instead, the AKC supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously. We strongly support and actively promote a wide range of programs to educate the public about responsible breeding practices and the responsibilities of dog ownership.

At this critical time, it continues to be vitally important that concerned breeders and owners voice their opposition to AB 1634. Here's what you can do now.
  • Contact your representative in the California State Assembly and express your fervent opposition to AB 1634. To find your Assemblymember, click here.

  • Contact the members of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee who will consider this bill. Tell them that you strongly oppose AB 1634 as amended by the Business and Professions Committee on April 24th. For a complete list of committee members, please click here.

    Assembly Appropriations Committee
    ATTN: Chuck Nicol, Committee Consultant
    State Capitol, Room 2114
    Sacramento, California 95814
    FAX: (916) 319-2181

    Assembly Republican Fiscal Office
    ATTN: Chris Ryan
    State Capitol. Room 6031
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    FAX: (916) 319-3560

  • Attend the Assembly Appropriations Committee meeting where AB 1634 will be considered and voice your opposition. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, at 9:00AM in Room 4202 at the Capitol in Sacramento.

  • Individuals or clubs can send a contribution to support AKC efforts to combat negative canine legislation introduced at state and local levels.
For more information, contact AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail

As always, the Canine Legislation Department will continue to monitor developments in California, and will issue Legislative Alerts as they warrant.