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February/ March 2011 issue page 34

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Feb/March 2011 Now in our nineenth year 
 What better way to not only make a difference in your town but to help your club meet one of its educational eligibility requirements by hosting a TV dog show party.
Whether you watch from your couch with your dogs or with a group of neighbors or children, please join us. Besides the canine competitors, we will also highlight some of our other programs such as Breeder of the Year, the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence winners, the top junior handlers in the nation and much more. You'll be able to catch the show at 2 p.m. EST/PST and 1 p.m. CST. Visit for more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Ron Menaker
Chairman AKC
AKC Informational Update: Position Statement on Debarking
At the August Board meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved an official canine legislation policy position statement on debarking.
Debarking is a viable veterinary procedure that may allow a dog owner to keep a dog that barks excessively in its loving home rather than to be forced to surrender it to a shelter. Debarking should only be performed by a qualified, licensed veterinarian after other behavioral modification efforts to correct excessive barking have failed. As with other veterinary medical Febisions, the Febision to debark a dog is best left to individual owners and their veterinarians.

 For more information, contact the AKC Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720 or
Informational Update: Federal PUPS Legislation Introduced
U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced US Senate bill S. 3424 late Tuesday evening. The bill is designed to close the "internet loophole" in the Animal Welfare Act which allows breeders who sell numerous puppies over the internet or directly to the public to avoid the USDA regulation required of other breeder-retailers.
The measure, called the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) is a complete revision of previous measures by the same name. This bill would require individuals who breed and sell more than 50 puppies a year over the internet or directly to the public to be regulated by the USDA.
The bill amends the Animal Welfare Act in the following specific way:
1. Defines anyone who breeds and sells more than 50 puppies a year as a High Volume Breeder Retailer. High Volume Breeder Retailers would be required to abide by current USDA dog dealer regulations. These regulations require kennels to:
* Obtain a USDA license,
* Meet federal minimum standards of care,
* Be inspected (generally not less than once every two years) by the USDA.
2. Requires new exercise
 standards that allow a dog daily access to exercise that enables it to move sufficiently to maintain normal muscle tone and mass, the ability to achieve a running stride, and is not a forced activity.
The area for exercise should have flooring that allows for this type of exercise.
* It should be constructed of solid flooring or non-solid, non-wire flooring that is safe and appropriate for the breed, size and age of the dog, is free from sharp edges, and is designed so that the paw cannot extend throughout become caught in the flooring.
* The flooring must be cleaned at least once daily, be free of infestation and designed to prevent escape.
* The bill provides an exemption from exercise for dogs that should not exercise for reasons of health/condition/well-being as certified by a licensed veterinarian.
This measure does not limit the number of dogs a person/kennel may own or define commercial breeders on the basis on the number of the number dogs they own.
The measure would go into effect one year after the date of the enactment of this bill.
For a USDA fact sheet on Animal Care Compliance Inspections, click here.
For a copy of the USDA/APHIS animal care inspections checklists, click here.
The AKC is currently studying the impact of this measure.
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