October 2004

Fanciers Head to Capitol Hill
Shouldering bright blue tote bags with the American Kennel Club logo prominently displayed on the side, AKC Legislative Liaisons from across the country ascended the steps of Capitol Hill on September 29th, ready to bring the fancy's concerns to Congress. The Hill visits were the culmination of this year's Lobby Day, an event hosted by the AKC's Canine Legislation department in an effort to increase our organization's visibility in the Capitol.

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Pets Have Their Night on Capitol Hill
Don't tell "Eddie," the well-loved Parson Russell Terrier from the TV show Frazier, that dogs aren't allowed in Congress. The famous pooch was a highlight at this year's Pet Night Reception on Capitol Hill, where legislators and staff flocked to have their picture taken with Eddie or with the event's other animal celebrity, "Nermal," the cat from the movie Garfield. Held in the Canon Caucus Room on September 14th, hundreds of people came out to the reception, making it one of the most popular of the year.

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Court Declares Part of Ohio's Dangerous Dog Law Unconstitutional
In a landmark 4-3 decision handed down on September 22nd, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that a statute penalizing owners of dangerous dogs who fail to buy liability insurance and properly confine their animals was unconstitutional. The Court held that the law (R.C. 955.22) violated a dog owner's right to due process because it did not provide owners with an opportunity to appeal a dangerous dog determination at an administrative hearing. The ruling affirmed that since the statute imposed significant restrictions and expenses on a person's property (in this case, their dogs), owners have a constitutional right to be heard and to defend their property.

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Responsible Dog Ownership Day a Tail-wagging Success
Throughout the month of September, bellies were rubbed and tails wagged as dogs and owners across the country celebrated their commitment to responsible ownership at nearly 450 events held in conjunction with AKC's 2nd Annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day.

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ALASKA - The Anchorage City Assembly recently voted to extend the trial period for five experimental off-leash dog parks in the city to December 31 while city officials study the issue further. An advisory task force was formed to respond to some residents' complaints regarding the removal of pet waste and unruly dogs interfering with walkers, bikers and skiers.

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The American Kennel Club is pleased to share the news that in some regions, Nationwide Insurance is issuing homeowners insurance to owners of breeds previously prohibited by the company, providing the dog passes the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

Nationwide has stated: "Nationwide has begun to allow the owners of certain prohibited dog breeds to attain homeowners insurance if they provide an original copy of a certificate demonstrating successful completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen program. This provision is currently available in limited areas and provided the applicant meets traditional underwriting requirements. The Canine Good Citizen program demonstrates responsible dog ownership and we certainly hope this change will prove successful."

Dog owners should note that at this time, only certain specified Nationwide regions are participating.

The AKC Canine Good Citizen Program is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the AKC. The program continues to gain acceptance worldwide as the standard for well-trained dogs and responsible dog ownership.

Crisp leaves, bright orange pumpkins, hot cider. Yes, election time is here again! In case you missed the onslaught of political ads, candidates are out on the campaign trail, which means now is the time to get involved. Whether you make a donation, volunteer, or place a sign in your yard, clubs and federations can support fancier-friendly candidates in a variety of ways. Now is also the time to start thinking about how you will re-introduce yourselves and your sport to a crop of newly-elected officials prior to the 2005 session. It's never too early to start laying the groundwork!

Lest you wonder if the Canine Legislation department is keeping busy this fall, simply scroll through the host of stories we have this month on our many recent events: Lobby Day, Pet Night, and Responsible Dog Ownership Day. The articles highlight just a few of the ways we are working to increase AKC's visibility to the public and their elected officials. We're also in the process of planning some innovative projects for 2005, and we welcome your comments and suggestions for ways we can expand or improve our department.

In spite of our schedule, we plan to reserve some time this month to enjoy a few fun fall activities with our dogs. We hope you'll do the same!
Stephanie P. Lane

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