October 4, 2016



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Miami-Dade considers ordinance ending pit bull ban

First reading is set for October 5

Miami-Dade CountyOn October 5, 2016, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold a first reading on an ordinance to end the community’s “pit bull” ban. The meeting is set to begin at 9:30 a.m at the . Commission Chambers, Second Floor 111 NW 1st Street Miami, FL 32128. If the ordinance passes on this first reading, it will be assigned to a committee and a date will be set for a public hearing. 

Concerned dog owners in Miami-Dade County are encouraged to contact their county commissioners prior to Wednesday’s meeting and respectfully state support for repealing the pit bull ban.

For more information, click here.

FAKC President's Message

By Susan Smith

This is an election year!! It gives you an opportunity to meet with those running for office by attending "meet & greets", town hall meetings, public forums, debates and other public events. You can elicit opinions/attitudes from candidates on canine issues which will show them that these issues are important to you. Ask candidates policy questions rather than their opinions about specific organizations.

Some suggested questions:
1. Do you support the right to own and/or breed purebred dogs of one's choice?
2. Do you support limiting the number of animals someone can own?
3. Do you support the right to keep purebred dogs that are not spay and neutered?
4. Do you believe there is a pet overpopulation problem? If so, what do you believe is the cause and how would you resolve it?

Make sure to let the candidates know that their positions on these issues will impact how you vote!

Consider taking a few hours to stuff envelopes, answer phones, make calls or put up signs for candidates to show that responsible dog owners care about legislation and will support those who will protect their rights.

See you in Orlando at the FAKC Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the International Palms Resort, 6515 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, 407-351-3500.

I look forward to meeting your club delegates,

Sincerely, Susan Smith, President

USDA adds hobby breeders
to pet "dealer" regulations

 Applies to 5 intact females of any species

Rescue groups now must be licensed

"Puppy-back" deals are included

USDAThe Obama Administration has added pet breeders with over four breedable females (of any pet species -- not just dogs) to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) definition of a "dealer" under the federal Animal Welfare Act. This rule change takes effect on November 18, 2013. The new rule likely will subject thousands of hobby breeders to the same USDA licensing, inspections, animal identification and recordkeeping, handling, care, treatment, and transportation regulations which previously have applied only to commercial pet dealers.

The rule change will apply to any breeder with more than four intact females on her premises, who sells the offspring as pets, and whose buyers are not all physically present to observe the animals prior to purchase and/or to take custody of those animals after purchase (i.e., not face-to-face). While the rule change was intended to cover sight-unseen Internet transactions, it also will include sales negotiated by telephone, with the dogs shipped to the buyers, even if the breeder and buyer have had a long-term relationship with each other.

The definition of "breeding female" includes dogs, cats, and small exotic and wild mammals which are bred and whose offspring are sold as pets. Any combination of these female animals which total more than four would apply. The exemption refers to the aggregate number of intact females on the premises whose offspring are sold as pets. APHIS states that it will assume that any female that is capable of breeding may be bred, regardless of the bitch's age.

The rule change also is expected to adversely impact stud owners' puppy-back agreements. If the stud owner sells a puppy not bred on her own premises, she would not be exempt from the licensing requirement. Non-resident co-owners of breeding females would qualify for the four-or-less exemption, provided that no more than four breeding females are maintained on their premises. Private rescue organizations are not exempt if they operate in a manner that requires them to be licensed as dealers. This includes paying licensing fees and adhering to the facility standards of the regulations.

Details of the APHIS rule changes are here. The APHIS specifications for handling, care, treatment, and transportation are here. Click here for an AKC chart showing whether the APHIS rule affects you as a hobby breeder. See also this NAIA analysis.

Not an member of FAKC yet?

If your Florida dog club is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) or an AKC licensed affiliate, your club may join the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs.  Download a Membership Application now!

Where does all of H$U$'s money go?
H$U$ "Promises"“It goes to lobbying, it goes to political contributions, it goes to pay huge staff salaries and benefits," said David Martosko, Director of Research, Center for Consumer Freedom.

All AKC puppies
should be registered

As part of the “front lines” of purebred dogs, AKC relies on its loyal breeders to communicate the benefits and importance of AKC registration to their puppy buyers. To ensure a strong future for you, your fellow breeders, and all purebred dogs, AKC needs all of its breeders to make a concerted effort to ensure that every puppy in each litter you have bred gets registered with the AKC. AKC has implemented a new initiative to help you accomplish this goal.

PupsThe AKC has begun sending all breeders who register a litter an email asking them to provide us with their new puppy buyers’ contact information. The email includes information on our new Online Litter Record Service. This service allows breeders to supply AKC with new puppy buyer contact information in an easy-to-use online format. If the breeder does not want to use the new online service, a link to a printable version of the litter record is also available.

The new puppy buyers will then receive an e-mail or letter from AKC detailing the benefits and importance of AKC registration. The new puppy buyers will only be contacted by AKC. Their names will not be sold or used for any other promotions or marketing when given through this initiative. As you have experienced, puppy buyers tend to be more concerned about caring for their new puppy at the time of purchase, and often forget about one of the most important steps of responsible dog ownership – AKC registration. Our goal is to reinforce their decision of purchasing an AKC puppy and to educate them on the many benefits that they can receive with registration.

AKC is dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and educating new puppy buyers about registration benefits and the important programs that every registration supports. Registration dollars help AKC fund important educational programs, support the research of health issues through donations, and continue to subsidize AKC events. Our registration numbers also help us to maintain legislative influence and ensure that like-minded organizations continue to support the AKC through alternative revenue programs and sponsorships.

With your support, and by working together, AKC will be able to take the necessary steps to ensure its long and healthy future as the nation’s preeminent purebred dog registry. For more information or to use the new Online Litter Record Service, please click here. Please note this service can be used for recent or past litters.

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AKC considers new
dog club category

To be called "Companion Clubs"

Also makes NOHS an opt-in event

At their February 12, 2015 meeting, AKC's board of directors' discussed plans to create a new category of dog clubs, called "Companion Clubs". These clubs will be for owners that desire social activities built around providing fun and educational things to do with their dogs.

Companion Dog clubs may become licensed to hold companion events -- obedience, rally, agility, tracking -- plus the Coursing Ability Test. They would be encouraged to promote CGC training/testing and to hold AKC recognized events such as Barn Hunt, Flyball or Dock Diving. AKC's board of directors intends to discuss the new club concept again at its March meeting.

In another action at the February meeting, AKC's board decided that the National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) should cease being mandatory and become an opt-in program, effective January 1, 2016. This decision will permit clubs to hold other non-regular conformation events without having to incorporate NOHS in their schedules.

Pinellas ordinance would make seller of a litter a 'Pet Dealer'

Hearing set for October 11 in Clearwater

Pinellas County, FloridaThe Pinellas County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing and consider changes to the county animal ordinance at its October 11 meeting, at BCC Assembly Room, 315 Court Street Clearwater, FL 33756, beginning at 9:30 AM.

Among other provisions of concern, the proposed ordinance would define a person who sells one litter of cats or dogs per year as “pet dealer” and require compliance with kennel and breeder permitting requirements, zoning, payment of significant fees, and inspections. 

Under this proposed ordinance, standards for animal care and sanitation for “pet dealers” and “kennels” would be established by the Department of Animal Services with no legislative or community oversight. Further, permits could be suspended or revoked at the discretion of the director.

The proposed ordinance provides that inspections of “pet dealers” shall be conducted without notice, and the inspector shall, at a minimum, be given access to and the opportunity to inspect and photograph the animals, premises and records. As written, this would include the private residence of a dog owner designated as a “pet dealer”.

The proposed ordinance also strikes a section of existing law that requires that animals confined outdoors with direct supervision at events such as a dog show or field trial shall be provided sufficient water to maintain normal hydration. Instead, it would make it both a negligence and cruelty violation if a dog in these circumstances were not provided continuous access to water. This change would negatively and unreasonably impact owners and handlers of supervised dogs that are, for short time periods, without continuous access to water while crated briefly at ringside or while given access to an exercise pen during an event. 

The proposed ordinance would reduce oversight of “rescue groups” by striking a section of existing law which requires that records of animals impounded or picked up by such groups must be made available for inspection by the Department of Animal Services at the impounding agency, at any time, upon the department's request. Only monthly reporting would be required. This is potentially problematic for owners of lost pets that are found or impounded by such groups.

Pet owners are urged to contact their county commissioners in advance of the meeting and also to attend the public hearing to express their concerns.  Persons wishing to speak should arrive early and complete a speaker card. Each speaker may speak up to three minutes. Comments may also be submitted by calling (727) 464-3458. Cliek here for additional details.

NAIA 2016 conference is 11/ 5-6

Right here in Orlando

Sign up by Aug. 31 for the earlybird rate

The 2016 National Animal Interest (NAIA) Annual Conference is set for November 5 and 6 in Orlando. Its theme is "Working with Animals at the Intersection of Love and Science". NAIA states that "our understanding of the history and evolution of domestic animals is growing, best practices are improving and being implemented on a wider scale than ever before, and breakthroughs in genetics, health, and behavior are emerging at a breakneck pace!"

Sign up now -- no later than August 31 -- for the earlybird rate of $175.00. Details are found at this link.

From The Dog Press:

"Animal control seizures - constitutional knowledge
is protection"

Read The Dog Press' July 2015 article on animal control agency unlawful seizures of your dogs: "Understanding that civil asset forfeiture is theft of private property could protect your animals from illegal confiscation" on line.

Copyright The Dog Press

Economic impact of AKC
dog events in Florida

AKCThe American Kennel Club (AKC) now represents more than 5,100 dog clubs nationally, including 178 clubs in the State of Florida. The AKC sanctions thousands of dog events each year, which generate significant economic benefits to local communities in addition to the millions of dollars AKC dog owners in Florida spend annually on their dogs.

Here are the statistics for the State of Florida over the past three years:

2012: AKC licensed and sanctioned 637 events in the state of Florida, in which more than 143,130 dogs participated.

2013: AKC licensed and sanctioned 703 events in the state of Florida, in which more than 145,260 dogs participated.

2014: AKC licensed and sanctioned 731 events in the state of Florida, in which more than 151,300 dogs participated.

The AKC conducts ongoing research regarding the economic impact of AKC events in localities throughout the state, as well as of AKC registered dogs in the state. Surveys demonstrate that exhibitors at AKC conformation dog shows spend an average of $512 per show weekend. This means spending by AKC dog show exhibitors for a show weekend could inject more than $1.5 million into the local economy.

"Why Breed Specific Legislation Does Not Work"

AKC's new webinar and legislation website

The AKC's Government Relations department has released a webinar, "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work", which explains breed-specific legislation (BSL) and outlines why breed-specific laws are not a good solution to the dangerous dogs problem. It’s available here on YouTube and easy to share with club members, local dog owners and your legislators.

AKC's Government Relations department also has launched the online AKC Legislative Action Center (LAC), which will make it easier for dog lovers to learn more about and advocate on key legislative and regulatory issues that impact dogs and dog ownership.

Fla. legislature passes bill criminalizing fake service dogs

Florida State HouseBoth houses of the Florida legislature have passed a bill (HB 71) which makes it a misdeameanor to misrepresent using a service animal and which defines the requirements of public accommodation businesses to permit the use of service animals.

The bill also requires public accommodations to permit use of a service animal by an individual with a disability under certain circumstances, and to prohibit public accommodations from inquiring about the nature or extent of an individual’s disability, and provide conditions for public accommodations to exclude or remove a service animal.

The criminal penalty would apply to a person who knowingly and willfully misrepresents that he is using a service animal and is qualified to use a service animal, or as a trainer of a service animal. The bill will be presented to the governor for his consideration, and if he signs it, it will become law as amendments to Section 413.08, Fla. Stat.

Our advocates at the
Florida legislature

Read here about our representatives before the Florida legislature, Mixon & Associates (M&A) and its principals, cavalier King Charles spaniel breeders M. Juhan Mixon, Pat C. Mixon, and their daughter, Corrine Mixon.

H$U$ "Promises"H$U$ Watch

H$U$"Our goal is to make the public think of breeding dogs and cats like drunk driving and smoking."
                                       -- Kim Sturla

FAKC - War Room

FAKC’s War Room is where to go to battle anti-pet legislation. All of your weapons are there for you to send your messages to your legislators:

The Actual Bills & Ordinances
Talking Points for Your Letters
How to Word Them Diplomatically
Your Legislators’ Names & Addresses & Emails
Write Letters to Newspapers & Other Media

H$U$ Does Little to Help Homeless Dogs and Cats

Join FAKC on Facebook!

LIKEWe are crawling into the 21st Century, which includes creating a Facebook page. There are many ways to communicate these days, and Facebook seems to be one of the easiest for many dog owners. So feel free to click on our Facebook icon in the upper left corner of the page.  And, if you like what you see, let us know by clicking the LIKE button, too.

Tells it like it is!

Animal Rightists are behind forced neutering, dog limit laws

Dog Press column: Almost all mandatory spay/neuter and limit laws originated with H$U$, PETA, or SPCA and were supported by well meaning people without a clue. The Dog Press. By Teresa Crisman, Morningstar Miniature Schanuzers, Logan, NM.