Ohio Valley Dog Owners, Inc.

Protecting dogs, dog owners and our neighbors
through education and community service

Items of concern outside Ohio

Some of these issues are national in scope. Others are regional but set a precedent for adoption in other cities, counties, or states.

Louisville, Kentucky, December 2006: Dog owners and breeders in Greater Louisville continue to work against an omnibus proposal that regulates dogs by breed and places unreasonable burdens on dog breeders. For more information, see the Louisville Kennel Club website at http://www.louisville-pets.com/

Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 2006: The HEART law, a joint effort of animal rights anti-breeding activists and the city council, places serious limitations on dog breeding based on the false premise that purebred fanciers contribute to the deaths of shelter dog. The local kennel club filed suit to prevent enforcement, but the court eliminated most of the challenge.

US Congress, 2006: Senate Bill 1139 requires licenses for a large number of dog breeders unless they are already inspected by the American Kennel Club. For information, see the OVDO letter of opposition and "NAIA Trust opposes (PAWS) S 1139/H 2669, the Pet Animal Welfare Statute of 2005, which would federally regulate home breeders of dogs and cats" at http://www.naiatrust.org/NAIA_Trust_Opposes_PAWS_S1139.htm. Senator Santorum was not re-elected and the current session of Congress is winding down, but it is likely that the bill will be re-introduced in 2007. Watch the OVDO alert page for information.

US Congress, November 2006: Congress has passed and the President has signed this bill that increases penalties and expands the definition of domestic terrorism against radical activists who commit crimes against people who own and use animals and people who do business with animal owners. For details, see AKC Endorses the 'Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act,' http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=3057 and "The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act," http://www.house.gov/petri/aeta_moreinfo.htm.

US shelters, 2005-06: Some shelters are importing dogs from foreign countries and offshore islands to fill empty runs. For more information, see "More animal shelters trade responsible conduct for media limelight by importing foreign strays for adoption," http://www.naiatrust.org/resources/foreign_strays.htm and "Thriving animal shelter businesses assure more rabies in American pets," http://www.naiaonline.org/body/frommexicowithrabies.htm.


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