Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed House Bill 1451 into law. AKC opposed this legislation as it will negatively impact responsible owners and breeders and will not improve animal welfare in Texas.The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is ordered
to promulgate regulations by March 31, 2012. Those meeting the thresholds set forth in HB 1451 will have until September 1, 2012 to come into compliance with the provisions of this bill and the subsequent regulations and to obtain the license.The American Kennel
and our local clubs will work within the upcoming regulatory process to protect responsible owners and breeders as much as possible. We will update our website and Texas constituents as this issue progresses.The AKC thanks all the clubs and individuals
who worked to oppose this legislation and took the time contact their elected officials.