AKC’s Government Relations


Dear AKC Delegates, Club Officers, Legislative Liaisons and Breeders,

Please share the attached information with your club members in the Nevada area.

On Friday, April 26th the Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee heard AB 110, a bill which will prohibit a dog from being declared dangerous solely on the basis of breed and will further prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances that define a dog as dangerous based solely on its breed.  Despite no testimony in opposition, legislators have become concerned that the bill would infringe on the ability of local governments to adopt individualized animal control policies. AKC believes that AB 110 does not restrict local governments, but rather protects the rights and freedom of Nevada residents to responsibly own any breed of dog that fits their family’s lifestyle.

AKC fully endorses the idea that different communities have different needs when it comes to animal control. However, there are certain principles that should be consistent across all jurisdictions. For example, animal cruelty is defined by the state and is illegal in all areas. Likewise, we believe that breed-discrimination should not be tolerated in any community as it is ineffective, unenforceable and limits the freedom of choice of responsible individuals.

AKC believes that communities must establish a well-defined procedure for dealing with individual dogs proven to be dangerous. In order to be effective, such legislation should not single out specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs. Deeds, not breeds, should be addressed. AB 110 will not prohibit local governments from adopting stricter dangerous dog provisions; it will simply not allow them to adopt policies that are discriminatory.

AKC encourages Nevada residents to ask the committee members to support this important legislation. Personal stories of how AB 110 would protect you and your animals, or how a breed-specific law has unfairly impacted you or those you know are especially important.

AKC Materials

One-page issue brief on Breed-Specific Legislation

AKC Issue Analysis Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work

AKC’s position statement on “Dangerous Dog” Control Legislation

What You Can Do

  • Contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to support AB 110.

Chairman, Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom

tsegerblom@sen.state.nv.us

700 South Third Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101-6703

775-684-1422

Vice-Chair, Senator Ruben Kihuen

Ruben.Kihuen@sen.state.nv.us

P.O. Box 427

Las Vegas, NV 89125-0427

702-274-1707

Senator Aaron D. Ford

Aaron.Ford@sen.state.nv.us

P.O. Box 96003

Las Vegas, NV 89193-6003

702-772-5544

Senator Justin C. Jones

Justin.Jones@sen.state.nv.us

401 S Carson St, Room 2132

Carson City, NV 89701-4747

775-684-1421

Senator Greg Brower

Greg.Brower@sen.state.nv.us

4790 Caughlin Parkway No. 170

Reno, NV 89519-0907

775-684-1419

Senator Scott Hammond

Scott.Hammond@sen.state.nv.us

8408 Gracious Pine Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89143-4608

702-523-9055

Senator Mark Hutchison

Mark.Hutchison@sen.state.nv.us

10080 West Alta Drive,

Suite 200

Las Vegas, NV 89145-8724

702-233-2049

 

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