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In Session: Expert Dog Trainer Sen. Thom Tillis, Canine Staff Spotlight & Healthy Dog Importation Act
August 6, 2021 by AKC Government Relations
Sen. Thom Tillis



Welcome to the Summer 2021 issue of AKC’s In Session newsletter.

Inside, learn about the bipartisan Healthy Dog Importation Act of 2021. This bill requires dogs being imported into the United States –a whopping estimated 1 million per year—to provide validated health certificates upon entry. The measure is designed to protect public health and forestall a potential health crisis related to the recent increase in imported dogs carrying dangerous parasites and contagious zoonotic diseases. H.R. 4239/S. 2597 is strongly supported by the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and numerous animal advocacy and agricultural groups.  

Plus—Did you know that Senator Thom Tillis is an accomplished dog trainer? Or that his staff is so dog-friendly they have to take turns and schedule when staff dogs can be in the office? Check out our latest Capitol Canine and Staff Spotlight to learn more.


View the In Session newsletter here.




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