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Your Dog, Your Rights

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08/08/2014: The Dog Breeder Dilemma

Sara Chisnell, UKC Legal Counsel doglaw@ukcdogs.com I’m sure most of you have seen, or at least heard about, the HBO Real Sports piece called “Unnatural Selection” that featured UKC President Wayne Cavanaugh and highlighted some serious health issues that have resulted from breeding dogs for extremes in conformation. Regardless of how you feel about the show, it demonstrated that problems with...

05/08/2014: To Clone or Not to Clone: Should It Be A Question?

Sara Chisnell, UKC Legal Counsel doglaw@ukcdogs.com The idea of cloning an animal sounds so sci-fi and unrealistic to most, yet it’s slowly becoming an emerging practice in the horse world. Is it something that may begin happening in realm of purebred dogs? My interest in the subject first became piqued when I heard about the American Quarter Horse Association lawsuit regarding their rule...

12/10/2013: Letdown In Denver

Letdown In Denver Sara Chisnell, UKC Legal Counsel doglaw@ukcdogs.com The city of Denver, Colorado, has one of the most notorious and longstanding “pit bull” bans in the country. Thousands of dogs have been sadly seized and killed needlessly simply because of their appearance. Legal challenges to the law have thus far been unsuccessful, but there seemed to be hope with the most recent suit...

10/11/2013: How will the New USDA Changes Affect You?

By now, most of you have heard that some changes have been made to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that affect dog breeders, but there has been a lot of confusion on exactly how these changes work. I will attempt to clarify and simplify, to the best of my knowledge, but many of the definitions and applications remain unclear.

07/08/2013: “Of Wolves and Men”

Michigan has had two major issues recently come to the forefront that resonate across the country. One is the idea of a so-called animal abuse registry; these have been cropping up across the country. The other is a major victory against HSUS when it comes to the wolf hunt.

05/15/2013: Unfortunate Incidents

There have been a recent string of unfortunate incidents that have befallen coon hunters, but could happen to any dogs in just about any hunting genre.

04/10/2013: Legislative Update

New legislative sessions are underway across the country, and a lot of legislation that affects dog owners has cropped up pretty fast. I’m keeping tabs on them all, but the majority will hopefully end up going nowhere. This month I’ll give you some highlights of what’s going on and trends around the country.

03/18/2013: Landlord Issues

It’s been rather quiet on the legislative front, with most legislatures across the country just starting new sessions, but that will soon change. In the meantime, I’d like to talk about an issue that has recently come up around the water cooler here at UKC: renting as a dog owner, specifically an owner of certain breeds.

01/03/2013: The National Animal Interest Alliance’s Annual Conference

For the fifth year in a row, I attended the National Animal Interest Alliance’s annual conference. It never fails that I learn something new each year. I was especially looking forward to this year’s conference as Temple Grandin, famed animal scientist, author and professor, was the keynote speaker.

11/09/2012: The Power of Rallying For Your Rights

While things are somewhat quieting down on the legislative front, I had an opportunity to check in on the opposition. Several groups here in Michigan, including Michigan Humane Society and HSUS, and led by Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, hosted “Pups Parade” for what they proclaimed as Michigan Puppy Mill Awareness Day of 2012.

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