| 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 www.akc.org/aenc for more information about
the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
* 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,
For a copy of the USDA/APHIS animal care inspections checklists,
The AKC is currently studying the impact of this measure.