February 2, 2016



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FAKC President's Message

By Susan Smith

Florida Association of Kennel ClubsThe hot humid weather for Florida is upon us.  Please be diligent for your dog's comfort and health.

August will be here before we know it for the FAKC Annual Meeting.  Please make sure your club delegate or an alternate delegate attends.  Meeting notices will be sent to your club contact in a timely fashion. Please make sure that the FAKC secretary has current club contact information.  It's very important that you send a club delegate and that delegate reports what is said and done back to your club members.

An impossible burden has been put on three volunteers (from one club) to collect data/stats in Florida from the various shelters both public and private, rescues and humane organizations for compliance with the shelter reporting bill, Section 823.15, Fla. Stat., in order to track the importation of animals (dogs/cats) into Florida.  If we are to refute the myth of "pet overpopulation" by purebred dog breeders and preserve our right to own and/or breed purebred dogs, it's imperative that every purebred dog owner or club member request this information from every group in your area.  As there are no penalties for non-compliance, it's imperative to have this information to present to elected officials to tighten and enhance the law.  This information is needed ASAP as the 2016 session starts in January and bills will be filed by September 2015.  Act now to protect your right to own and/or breed purebred dogs!  Send information via email to FAKCshelter@gmail.com.

If you think the above isn't important, please be advised that Kate McFall, HSUS attorney, attended every cabinet meeting with a pet (dog) from "a shelter" and Attorney General Pam Bondi carried it around the meeting room promoting the adoption of an animal from a shelter.

Sincerely, Susan Smith, President

FAKC meets in Orlando,
elects Susan Smith president

The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs held its annual meeting on August 17, 2014, electing Susan Smith as president, and Leah James, Linda LaFrance, and Pat Boyd as vice presidents.

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.

FAKC welcomes its
newest member clubs

Not a member of FAKC yet?

FAKC welcomes its four newest member clubs: the Suncoast Basset Hound Club of Tampa, FL, the Pensacola Dog Fanciers' Association, Inc., the Tampa Bay German Shepherd Dog Club, and the Sunshine State Pomeranian Club!

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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Sarasota County bans retail
sales of dogs and cats

"Hobby Breeders" are excluded from ban

Sarasota CountyThe Sarasota County board of commissioners passed amendments to its Animal Control Ordinance on January 27 by a 3-2 vote. The main amendment (Ordinance 2015-089) prohibits any retail sale of dogs and cats from commercial establishments, flea markets, or public property. The effective date of the ban is in January 2017. "Commercial Establishment" means "a business which is open to the public and that engages in a Retail Sale."

The new amendments expressly exclude "Hobby Breeders" from the ban. They are defined as:

"Hobby Breeder means a person that barters, offers for sale, displays for sale, or sells, Cats, Dogs, or both, only from the premises on which they were bred or reared, and is in compliance with the Zoning Regulations in Appendix A of this Code."

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.

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.

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.

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Your Legislators’ Names & Addresses & Emails
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