March 2006

Editor's Note

It is with very mixed emotions that I write this, my final Editor’s Note for Taking Command. While following my husband and his new job to San Diego is an exciting prospect, it was no easy decision to step down from my role as AKC’s Canine Legislation Director. For the past seven years, I have had the pleasure of working with a wonderful, talented group of individuals—both within AKC and within the dog community. I have an enormous amount of respect for the passion you all have for your dogs, and for all you do to protect them and the sport.

I leave the Canine Legislation department with a little lighter heart knowing that Walter Bebout, currently an AKC Field Rep and long-time breeder, fancier and judge, will be taking over the reins. Walter’s expertise will no doubt serve the department well, and I know that he and the rest of our staff will continue to act as dog owners’ staunch advocate when it comes to reasonable, enforceable canine legislation.

Best wishes to you all.

Stephanie Lane

Senators Santorum and Durbin Release PAWS Discussion Draft
Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) have now released a "Discussion Draft" of an amended version of S. 1139, the "Pet Animal Welfare Statute of 2005" (PAWS). The Discussion Draft includes language clarifying several original provisions and adds some new provisions which resulted from input following a November 2005 hearing on the bill.

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Around the Nation: Legislation That Affects You
ALABAMA – S82 has passed the Senate and will now be heard by the House Judiciary Committee. S82 is the companion measure to Rep. Ward’s H27. The bills establish a procedure by which a dog can be declared dangerous, provide an appeal process and require that a dog found to be a significant threat to public health and safety be humanely euthanized. Owners of dangerous dogs may be fined up $300 for the first offense and $600 for a second offense. The dog is also required to be registered with the city or county for an unspecified fee.

CALIFORNIA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has requested staff to draft a proposal to impose mandatory spay/neuter and breeding restrictions for all dogs. AKC is working with local fanciers and concerned dog owners to oppose this measure. The ordinance is expected to come before the board of supervisors at the April 18th meeting. To find out more details about this proposal and how you can help please read our Legislative Alert.

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Kentucky Adopts Resolution Honoring AKC Canine Good Citizenship® Program
Kentucky has joined the growing list of states that have passed AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC™) resolutions. The resolution endorses the CGC program and acknowledges that problems related to dogs are really problems about the need for responsible dog ownership.

Rep. Charles Miller, a long time supporter of canine educational programs, sponsored HR139, Kentucky's CGC resolution. AKC dog fancier Connie Morris and John Fowler, President of the Greater Louisville Training Club, worked closely with Rep. Miller on the resolution.

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Stephanie Lane, Director
Sarah Sprouse, Program Administrator
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