January 2005

AKC Welcomes Two New State Federations
Dog federations play a vital role in the success of AKC's legislative efforts, which is why we are pleased to see the emergence of two new federations and the reorganization of two others. In Mississippi, concerned fanciers recently formed the Mississippi Canine Coalition, while purebred dog owners in New Mexico are in the early stages of establishing a new statewide organization. In preparing for a new legislative session, North Carolina dog clubs re-energized their existing federation and renamed the group Confederacy of Tailwaggers-North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs earlier this year. In a similar light, new officers with the Dog Federation of Wisconsin are working hard to build the organization back into the strong voice in government it was just a few years ago.

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CALIFORNIA - Following a public hearing on Tuesday, December 14, members of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved a new animal control ordinance by a vote of four to one. Following strong opposition to the initial proposal at a hearing in late November, the Board amended the ordinance by reducing the proposed unaltered animal license from $100 to $28 for those who are active members of state or national clubs that participate in conformation, agility, training and hunting events. Those who operate a ranch or farm on more than two acres also qualify for the reduced fee.

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The American Kennel Club recognizes the efforts of our hard-working Legislative Liaisons and Public Education Coordinators with the Community Achievement Award. Awards are handed out quarterly, and honorees receive a certificate of recognition and $1,000 to further canine legislation and public education efforts within their communities. We know that there are many deserving clubs and individuals out there, but we need to hear from you! Nomination forms are available here. For more information, contact Ronald Rella (212-696-8303 or rnr@akc.org). Nominate your club, federation, fellow member or even yourself today. You deserve it!

While most of us were very busy last month celebrating the holidays, December was fairly quiet on the legislative front. We therefore bring you a very short January newsletter to keep you abreast of the few items that did see action. With this abbreviated issue, we also want to remind you that several states and Congress have already convened for the 2005 session, and most will be in session by the second week in January. Please make it one of your New Year's resolutions to stay active in canine legislation this year!

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

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