The Puppy Uniform Protection & Safety Act (PUPS) (H.847 /S.395) — has again been introduced in the US Congress. The bills would require anyone who owns or co-owns female dogs that produce 50 or more puppies that are sold in a 12-month period to be subject to USDA regulations designed for large-scale wholesale dog dealers and breeders. Anyone meeting that criteria would be required to obtain an annual USDA license, maintain standards of care designed for commercial breeding facilities, and undergo regular inspections at least biennially. AKC GR has expressed a number of grave concerns with the measure, including the definition of a "breeding female" as an intact female of 4 months or older. AKC and AKC’s Washington representatives oppose the bill as currently written and are working to educate legislators about specific concerns with the bill. View a letter from AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung to members of Congress.
Proposed Change to Federal Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWA) — The public comment period on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed rule regarding "Retail Pet Stores and Licensing Exemptions" closed on August 15, 2012. More than 15,000 comments were submitted, and the agency's review process is ongoing. Following review of comments, USDA may: move forward with the rule as initially proposed, make any variety of amendments to the rule and re-issue a final rule for public consideration, or withdraw the proposed rule and consider another approach "to ensure that animals sold at retail are monitored for their health and humane treatment." AKC GR submitted extensive formal comments, which included a copy of AKC's online petition to protect small hobby breeders signed by more than 71,000 concerned individuals. Visit AKC's USDA/APHIS Regulation Resource Page for more information on next steps and the latest news on this front.