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American Kennel Club Presents Legislator of the Year Award to Representative Vicky Hartzler
February 21, 2019 by AKC Government Relations

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is pleased to present U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District with the "AKC Legislator of the Year" award. Representative Hartzler has earned this accolade for her strong advocacy for the inclusion of responsible pet importation language in the 2018 Farm Bill.

“The grave dangers to public, pet and livestock health posed by irresponsible importation of pets into the U.S. should not be underestimated. AKC is grateful for the leadership of Vicky Hartzler… for sponsoring language in the Farm bill that requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide an estimate of the number of dogs annually imported into the country, along with an estimate of how many of them lack proper health paperwork,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President of Government Relations. 

Rep. Hartzler is a lifelong farmer who sits on the House Agriculture Committee, where she serves on the Nutrition and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittees. Her rich experience with agriculture and farming has helped shape her commitment to animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

Rep. Hartzler accepted the award from AKC Vice President of Government Relations Sheila Goffe on January 30th.                                    

About the Award

The AKC Legislator of the Year award honors legislators who demonstrate a commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership, the well-being of dogs, and protecting the rights of dog owners, exhibitors, and responsible breeders. 

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