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Indiana: Thank you sponsors and committees for amendments protecting hobby breeders, pet choice

On Monday, January 23, the Indiana House and Senate Agriculture Committees will consider bills that seek to regulate pet stores and establish consumer protection provisions for pet store sales.

AKC encourages Indiana clubs to contact committees and sponsors and thank them for amendments that establish these provisions and remove a provision that could have adversely affected hobby breeders. Scroll down for contact information.

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As filed, Senate Bill 134 and House Bill 1121 would only have prevented local communities from banning pet store sales without any standards or other provisions. They also significantly changed the definition of hobbyist breeders and as a result could potentially have regulated those with four intact females on their premises and breed pets or shows and register with organizations like the AKC. They also established a new “casual breeder” classification for those with between 5 and 20 intact females.

At the request of the AKC, the Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance (the IPDA-AKC state federation), and numerous breeders, these bills will be significantly modified to address our concerns. The amendments expected to be offered on Monday will remove these proposed definitions and ensure that the bills only apply to commercial pet retail stores.

In addition, the amendments will allow pet stores to continue to sell pets, as long as they meet specific supply and care standards. They will also establish comprehensive consumer protection language recommended by the AKC.

AKC supports these amendments which ensure that hobby and home breeders will not be affected. In addition, it ensures a proper balance between allowing Indiana residents who wish to purchase a dog from a pet store to continue to do so, while knowing that strict rules and consumer protection provisions are in place to protect them and the welfare of their owners. animals. .

What you can do:

Both bills are expected to be considered on Monday, January 23, in the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. We ask Indiana clubs and residents to do the following:

Contact sponsors and committee chairs and thank them for the amendments. Thank them for considering AKC and IPDA concerns and protecting hobby breeders, and also for being willing to add consumer care and protection standards to bills. If you are a voter or participate in dog shows in your district, be sure to mention that when you contact them:

Rep. Mike Aylesworth (Dist. 11- Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter Counties) – Chamber Agriculture Chairman and sponsor of HB 1121
317-234-9139
email form

Senator Blake Doriot (Dist. 12- Elkhart County) – Sponsor of SB 134
317-232-9400
Senator.Doriot@iga.in.gov

Senator Jean Leising (42nd Dist. – Decatur, Fayette, Ripley and Rush Counties) – Senate Agriculture Chair
317-232-9400
Senator.Leising@iga.in.gov

Let committee members know you appreciate the amendments. Let them know you appreciate amendments that ensure animal protection and consumer protection without unnecessary changes to fan laws. Be sure to mention if they are hobbyist breeders/exhibitors residing or participating in events in your district.

House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Members: Use this link to find committee members and their contact information.

Senate Agriculture Committee Members: Use this link to find committee members and their contact information.

AKC Government Relations will provide updates as they become available. For more information, contact AKC GR at doglaw@akc.org.

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