April 2005

A Haven For Dog Owners

Minnetonka, Minnesota is a suburban town on the outskirts of Minneapolis. Its residents also say it is one of the best places to live if you are an animal owner. Fanciers and dog owners often view animal control and local governments with distrust, as it seems they are often trying to restrict animal owners in various ways. However, these relationships do not have to be antagonistic, but rather they can serve to improve the quality of life for dog owners and the community as a whole. The policies in Minnetonka and the citizens who have worked to make Minnetonka such a great place to live can serve as a model for others to build dog friendly communities.

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ARKANSAS - Sen. Jeffress is sponsoring S1104 which grants immunity from both civil and criminal prosecution to a person who kills an animal that is stray, abandoned or diseased and may be a threat to his or her person or property. AKC is concerned that the bill is vague in defining a stray and does not take into account a loose owned animal or a hunting dog that has strayed. The bill will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Award-Winning Efforts

The Canine Legislation Department is pleased to announce that Charlotte McGowan has been named a recipient of the AKC Community Achievement Award for her diligent work on legislative matters of interest to the dog fancy. The award recognizes outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations, and their members. Each honoree receives a certificate and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation to support public education and canine legislation efforts.

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In March, I had the pleasure of helping staff the AKC Education Booth at dog shows in Detroit, MI and Syracuse, NY. These trips give the Canine Legislation department a unique opportunity to speak to fanciers and the general dog-owing public about legislation issues that impact them personally.

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Stephanie Lane, Director
Sarah Sprouse, Program Administrator
Phone: 919-816-3720 | Fax: 919-816-4275 | Email: doglaw@akc.org

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