February 24, 2015



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FAKC President's Message

By Susan Smith

Florida Association of Kennel ClubsWhat are we waiting for?  The New Year, 2015, is upon us.  Traditionally, people make resolutions for the new year.  I am asking dog clubs, dog owners/breeders to resolve in 2015 to be proactive in areas that have an effect on your right to own and/or breed dogs.  By this I mean develop and maintain a relationship with your local elected officials (i.e. city and county commissioners and their staffs) as well as your state legislators.  To become part of your county and state emergency response team.  To pull the required stats (Fla. Stat. Section 823.15, Shelter Reporting) from the local government shelters and both private and public rescues or humane organizations and provide same information to the FAKC committee (FAKCshelter@gmail.com) in a timely fashion.  You can find the text of the reporting bill on the FAKC web site.

Stop hiding!! Staying under the radar has allowed the extremists to greatly influence laws in municipalities and counties around the state (i.e. city of Sarasota, Collier and Palm Beach counties) in a negative way for dog owners/breeders.  You are knowledgeable and experienced pet owners! Use that expertise to your advantage as the Lee County Alliance for Responsible Dog and Cat Owners did.  You can accomplish much by being involved in 4-H programs, therapy dog interactions (hospitals, hospice, nursing homes), teaching kids to read programs in your local libraries, educational programs in schools, and classes teaching obedience, agility, etc. 

The West Volusia Kennel Club has actively had a program at the prison which teaches inmates to obedience train dogs from the local shelter as well as the care of the dogs, which knowledge can give those same inmates an occupation upon release as well as allow those dogs a better chance to find a "forever home" upon completion of training.  A win-win for all concerned (kennel club, dogs and inmates).  Show by your actions that you are a positive resource to your community as well as a responsible dog owner/breeder.  You have something to contribute in a positive way to your community and the dog world.

 Become the "go to people" when issues arise that may be decided by enforcing strict laws on pet ownership and/or breeding.  Help provide proven and reasonable solutions for the issue(s). Put your knowledge and experience at work for the greater good of the dog world and your community.

The clock is ticking on the eradication of the life we know as a dog owner/breeder.  If you continue to ignore the agenda and goal of the extremists, you will abdicate your right to own and/or breed dogs.  As with a socialist system, the few and powerful will dictate to the masses how they must live.

It is a privilege and responsibility to own an animal.  Don't allow misguided extremists to deny you that privilege!!  The stakes are high.  If you're not willing to protect your rights, you will surely lose them.  There is strength in unity.  Please come together to help put and end to the ever increasing encroachment on animal ownership.  You can and do make a difference when you choose to act to protect your pets!

2015 - a year of unity and success for pet owners.

Sincerely, Susan Smith, President

FAKC meets in Orlando,
elects Susan Smith president

The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs held its annual meeting on August 17, 2014, electing Susan Smith as president, and Leah James, Linda LaFrance, and Pat Boyd as vice presidents.

USDA adds hobby breeders
to pet "dealer" regulations

 Applies to 5 intact females of any species

Rescue groups now must be licensed

"Puppy-back" deals are included

USDAThe Obama Administration has added pet breeders with over four breedable females (of any pet species -- not just dogs) to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) definition of a "dealer" under the federal Animal Welfare Act. This rule change takes effect on November 18, 2013. The new rule likely will subject thousands of hobby breeders to the same USDA licensing, inspections, animal identification and recordkeeping, handling, care, treatment, and transportation regulations which previously have applied only to commercial pet dealers.

The rule change will apply to any breeder with more than four intact females on her premises, who sells the offspring as pets, and whose buyers are not all physically present to observe the animals prior to purchase and/or to take custody of those animals after purchase (i.e., not face-to-face). While the rule change was intended to cover sight-unseen Internet transactions, it also will include sales negotiated by telephone, with the dogs shipped to the buyers, even if the breeder and buyer have had a long-term relationship with each other.

The definition of "breeding female" includes dogs, cats, and small exotic and wild mammals which are bred and whose offspring are sold as pets. Any combination of these female animals which total more than four would apply. The exemption refers to the aggregate number of intact females on the premises whose offspring are sold as pets. APHIS states that it will assume that any female that is capable of breeding may be bred, regardless of the bitch's age.

The rule change also is expected to adversely impact stud owners' puppy-back agreements. If the stud owner sells a puppy not bred on her own premises, she would not be exempt from the licensing requirement. Non-resident co-owners of breeding females would qualify for the four-or-less exemption, provided that no more than four breeding females are maintained on their premises. Private rescue organizations are not exempt if they operate in a manner that requires them to be licensed as dealers. This includes paying licensing fees and adhering to the facility standards of the regulations.

Details of the APHIS rule changes are here. The APHIS specifications for handling, care, treatment, and transportation are here. Click here for an AKC chart showing whether the APHIS rule affects you as a hobby breeder. See also this NAIA analysis.

FAKC welcomes its
newest member clubs

Not a member of FAKC yet?

FAKC welcomes its four newest member clubs: the Suncoast Basset Hound Club of Tampa, FL, the Pensacola Dog Fanciers' Association, Inc., the Tampa Bay German Shepherd Dog Club, and the Sunshine State Pomeranian Club!

If your Florida dog club is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) or an AKC licensed affiliate, your club may join the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs.  Download a Membership Application now!

FAKC's Magnets For Sale!

Deliver Our Message, Loud & Clear!

I Own A Dog And I Vote!

FAKC is offering these colorful, to-the-point, car magnets at cost, $5.00 each, plus shipping. Buy one for yourself or in bulk for your club. We have hundreds of them. To order, contact FAKC president Leah James.

H$U$"Our goal is to make the public think of breeding dogs and cats like drunk driving and smoking."
                                       -- Kim Sturla

Where does all of H$U$'s money go?
H$U$ "Promises"“It goes to lobbying, it goes to political contributions, it goes to pay huge staff salaries and benefits," said David Martosko, Director of Research, Center for Consumer Freedom.

All AKC puppies
should be registered

As part of the “front lines” of purebred dogs, AKC relies on its loyal breeders to communicate the benefits and importance of AKC registration to their puppy buyers. To ensure a strong future for you, your fellow breeders, and all purebred dogs, AKC needs all of its breeders to make a concerted effort to ensure that every puppy in each litter you have bred gets registered with the AKC. AKC has implemented a new initiative to help you accomplish this goal.

PupsThe AKC has begun sending all breeders who register a litter an email asking them to provide us with their new puppy buyers’ contact information. The email includes information on our new Online Litter Record Service. This service allows breeders to supply AKC with new puppy buyer contact information in an easy-to-use online format. If the breeder does not want to use the new online service, a link to a printable version of the litter record is also available.

The new puppy buyers will then receive an e-mail or letter from AKC detailing the benefits and importance of AKC registration. The new puppy buyers will only be contacted by AKC. Their names will not be sold or used for any other promotions or marketing when given through this initiative. As you have experienced, puppy buyers tend to be more concerned about caring for their new puppy at the time of purchase, and often forget about one of the most important steps of responsible dog ownership – AKC registration. Our goal is to reinforce their decision of purchasing an AKC puppy and to educate them on the many benefits that they can receive with registration.

AKC is dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and educating new puppy buyers about registration benefits and the important programs that every registration supports. Registration dollars help AKC fund important educational programs, support the research of health issues through donations, and continue to subsidize AKC events. Our registration numbers also help us to maintain legislative influence and ensure that like-minded organizations continue to support the AKC through alternative revenue programs and sponsorships.

With your support, and by working together, AKC will be able to take the necessary steps to ensure its long and healthy future as the nation’s preeminent purebred dog registry. For more information or to use the new Online Litter Record Service, please click here. Please note this service can be used for recent or past litters.

Download These Posters To Fight Anti-Pet Legislation

Can You Imagine

It's FAKC member club annual
registration & dues time again

FAKC member clubs annual registration and dues are due as of March 1 of each year. Member clubs may download the annual registration form here.

AKC considers new
dog club category

To be called "Companion Clubs"

Also makes NOHS an opt-in event

At their February 12, 2015 meeting, AKC's board of directors' discussed plans to create a new category of dog clubs, called "Companion Clubs". These clubs will be for owners that desire social activities built around providing fun and educational things to do with their dogs.

Companion Dog clubs may become licensed to hold companion events -- obedience, rally, agility, tracking -- plus the Coursing Ability Test. They would be encouraged to promote CGC training/testing and to hold AKC recognized events such as Barn Hunt, Flyball or Dock Diving. AKC's board of directors intends to discuss the new club concept again at its March meeting.

In another action at the February meeting, AKC's board decided that the National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) should cease being mandatory and become an opt-in program, effective January 1, 2016. This decision will permit clubs to hold other non-regular conformation events without having to incorporate NOHS in their schedules.

Lee County commission revokes breeder restrictions and mandatory spay/neutering

An extraordinary defeat for H$U$

Only one dissenting vote

Lee County, Florida, Animal ServicesThe Lee County Board of County Commissioners has repealed its ill-conceived February 2014 ordinance which severely restricted the rights of responsible dog breeders and owners. The vote was 4 to 1.

 The repealed ordinance included mandatory spay/castration provisions and required all breeders to be licensed and inspected, and makes other changes which will negatively impact responsible dog breeders and owners. The new ordinance requires animal control to warn an owner the first time an animal is picked up; the second time the animal will be neutered. The new ordinance also creates an animal services advisory committee.

The Lee (County) Alliance for Responsible Dog and Cat Owners led the fight to rescind Ordinance 14-04. Ann Meyer of the Alliance was quoted after the vote as saying, "This new proposed ordinance is not perfect, but it's a return to sane and reasonable expectations. ... Never again should a small group of people be able to (impose) their beliefs on so many." She was referring to the H$U$-led "animal rights" extremists who engineered passage of the now-defeated ordinance. The new ordinance is available here.

New USDA-APHIS regulations
will restrict puppy imports

AKC "applauds" restricting imports

APHISUSDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued new regulations, effective November 17, 2014, which restrict the importation of dogs under 6 months of age into the USA for resale, research, or veterinary treatment. Dogs 6 months or older must be "in good health, [and] have received all necessary vaccinations". Imports into Alaska are excluded.

The new regulations claim not to restrict importing dogs for personal use, such as a pet or as part of a breeding program. They also do not consider that dogs imported for training as working or service dogs to be "imported for the purposes of resale". The new regulations are downloadable here.

APHIS asserts that its regulations are designed to assure the health and welfare of dogs that are imported into the USA from overseas. In many cases, these animals are strays or are from high volume commercial breeders and may pose health risks. The regulations also are intended to reduce foreign puppy importations by local animal control agencies and humane societies. However, they will not prevent these groups from importing healthy, vaccinated dogs over 6 months of age.

The new regulations implement Section 18 of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which "prohibits the importation of dogs into the United States for resale purposes, unless the Secretary determines that the dogs are in good health, have received all necessary vaccinations, and are at least 6 months of age.”

The American Kennel Club has stated it "applauds" this new regulation in a press release.

New Florida law requires shelters to keep in-take and disposition records of dogs

FAKC & NAIA supported law's passage

AccountabilitySince July 2013, every animal shelter, humane society, and animal control agency in Florida has been required to compile and maintain statistics of in-take and disposition records. Copies of all such records are to be open to public inspection. Also, if a shelter's policy is to euthanize dogs based upon size or breed, the shelter must provide a written statement of such policy.

The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC) and the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) and pet owners throughout the state fought long and hard to get this statute passed. Much credit goes to FAKC's Tallahassee lobbyists, Mixon & Associates and its principals, M. Juhan Mixon and Pat C. Mixon.

Everyone now is urged to contact your local animal shelters to be sure they are following this law. Call them and ask for copies of their in-take and disposition records. If they deny any knowledge of the law, send them a copy. You may download a copy of the statute here.

This law is a necessity to enable the State of Florida and its cities and counties to make informed decisions regarding the disposition of animals in these facilities, since presently there is little or no data being kept or available when requested. The statistics will help enable counties and municipalities to understand the current state of shelters and rescue animals as they craft ordinances and legislation in the future. It also will help us know where these animals come from -- imported from out of state, surrendered, taken, etc. We now cannot find out the true numbers and disposition of these animals in order to make meaningful decisions in this state as to the funding, resources and best practices in these facilities.

Our advocates at the
Florida legislature

Read here about our representatives before the Florida legislature, Mixon & Associates (M&A) and its principals, cavalier King Charles spaniel breeders M. Juhan Mixon, Pat C. Mixon, and their daughter, Corrine Mixon.

H$U$ "Promises"H$U$ Watch

From H$U$'s Wayne Pacelle's Playbook:
H$U$“We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”

AKC issues podcast on vaccination protocols

Click here to listen to podcast

The American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation released a podcast in November 2010 on the topic of the different types of core and non-core vaccines available, what makes up the vaccines, and the best way to time the vaccination process.

Dr. Christy Petersen of Iowa State University presents the information. Listen to the podcast on-line here.

Join FAKC on Facebook!

LIKEWe are crawling into the 21st Century, which includes creating a Facebook page. There are many ways to communicate these days, and Facebook seems to be one of the easiest for many dog owners. So feel free to click on our Facebook icon in the upper left corner of the page.  And, if you like what you see, let us know by clicking the LIKE button, too.

H$U$ Does Little to Help Homeless Dogs and Cats

FAKC - War Room

FAKC’s War Room is where to go to battle anti-pet legislation. All of your weapons are there for you to send your messages to your legislators:

The Actual Bills & Ordinances
Talking Points for Your Letters
How to Word Them Diplomatically
Your Legislators’ Names & Addresses & Emails
Write Letters to Newspapers & Other Media

Tells it like it is!

Animal Rightists are behind forced neutering, dog limit laws

Dog Press column: Almost all mandatory spay/neuter and limit laws originated with H$U$, PETA, or SPCA and were supported by well meaning people without a clue. The Dog Press. By Teresa Crisman, Morningstar Miniature Schanuzers, Logan, NM.

Animal Rights, Animal Welfare: Which is it?

NAIA explains the difference

NAIA sample letter to veterinarians

NAIAThe extremists have kidnapped "animal rights" and given it a ludicrous new definition intended to give legal rights to animals and make humans their enemies. Compare some important differences between animal welfare and "animal rights":

-- Animal welfare celebrates the bond between animals and humans; animal rights seeks to sever that bond.

-- Animal welfare grows and improves as we learn more and more about animals, their behavior, and their management. Animal rights remains stagnant with its dogma of "no more animal use ever."

The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) presents a thoughtful essay on the differences between animal welfare and "animal rights", as defined by the fanatics. Read NAIA's essay here.

NAIA also offers a sample letter for you to explain to your veterinarians the difference between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. Click here to view the letter.

Unfortunately, many vets become indoctrinated in school by PETA and H$U$ (that's were some of their money goes) to believe that purebred breeding is a moral sin.  Don't let your vets continue down that path.