Indiana Dog Advocates Meet to Discuss Protecting Hoosier Dogs and Dog Owners
AKC Government Relations joined with the Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance (IPDA- AKC’s Indiana federation) on Saturday, November 10, to host a meeting for Hoosier clubs to talk about protecting their rights to continue to own, breed, and show dogs.
The meeting, attended by club representatives throughout the state, included hobby breeders, exhibitors, and owners and trainers that participate in companion and performance events. Jennifer Clark, AKC Director of Legislative Outreach, gave a presentation on current legislative trends in the Midwest, issues dog owners are fighting in Indiana and an overview of what Indiana dog owners should expect in 2019.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to share what issues they were seeing in their communities, which includes ownership limits, zoning issues for kennels, and mandatory spay/neuter. AKC GR and IPDA are working with clubs and breeders to address these issues. For the latest information, be sure to check out the legislative alerts posted in AKC’s Legislative Action Center at www.akcgr.org.
The discussion also included why it is essential for all dog owners and breeders in Indiana to work together – be they owners, hobbyists, or commercial breeders. Jennifer Clark led this discussion and also shared with the group her experiences visiting some professional kennels in southern Indiana the previous day, where breeders are working to provide exceptional care for their dogs and improve the breeds.
“Hoosier dog owners and breeders are facing numerous battles on the state and particularly local levels,” said Jennifer Clark. “This meeting was a great opportunity to get together and discuss what issues are arising and how we can all work together to be a united voice for dogs and responsible owners and breeders in the state.”