Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, Inc.

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AB 1634

AKKAOA Opposes Assembly Bill 1634 (California Healthy Pets Act)While the purported purpose of Assembly Bill 1634 is to reduce the number of cats and dogs in shelters in California, in actuality it will increase the number of puppy-mill imports from out of the state.  Conscientious, law abiding and ethical dog owners and breeders will be stripped of their rights.

AB 1634 does include exemptions for certain working dogs, but these exemptions are essentially useless.  It exempts dogs that are trained and certified as a service dog, and guide dog, and police dog, and search and rescue dog.   No dog can meet all of these criteria.  However, all other dogs must be neutered by 4 months of age.  No dog is a trained and certified guide dog, service dog, police dog, or search dog at four months of age.  Such certification occurs closer to two years of age, so the exemption for certified dogs beyond the current generation is meaningless.

Since this legislation would apply to out-of-state dogs entering California to participate in various forms of dog competition, such competition would probably cease in California.  No owner from outside the state would risk entering the state and then become subject to this legislation's mandatory spay/neuter requirements.

AKKAOA's letter opposing this legislation was FAXed to the Committee Consultant, Committee Chair and Vice Chair, and Committee members on Friday, March 30, 2007, in order to meet the April 2, 2007 deadline for comments.

CA AB 1635 Bill - Opposition Letter

April 15, 2007

Assembly Member Mike Eng, Chair

Assembly Committee on Business and Professions

1020 N Street, Room 124

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Attention: Tracy Rhine, Committee Consultant

FAX 916-319-3306

Re: CA AB 1634 (Levine) California Healthy Pets Act: OPPOSE IN ANY FORM

 

Hon Mr. Eng:

The Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America (AKKAOA) respectfully requests that you oppose Assembly Bill 1634 in any form (original bill and any amendments to the bill), the California Healthy Pets Act.

AKKAOA is an association of owners, breeders and fanciers of the Alaskan Klee Kai, also known as the AKK. The AKK is a fairly new and relatively rare breed of small, northern-type dogs derived from the Alaskan Husky - the dogs of the Iditarod.

Our breed is recognized by the United Kennel Club and the American Rare Breed Association. We have members throughout the United States and Canada, with a significant number residing in California. Our members and their dogs regularly participate in conformation competition, as well as agility, obedience and other canine sports. AKK are bred to be companion dogs, and they are cherished members of their owners' families.

We recognize that the purported purpose of Assembly Bill 1634 is to reduce the number of cats and dogs in shelters in California. We do not believe, however, that it will accomplish that objective. Instead, it will strip conscientious, law abiding and ethical dog owners of their legal rights, increase the number of puppy-mill puppies imported from out of state, and destroy the working dogs of California. In short, it is a very bad piece of legislation, both poorly drafted and philosophically flawed.

AB 1634 tries to reduce shelter populations by reducing the number of unwanted litters. But unwanted litters are not the source of the problem. Owner education and voluntary spay/neuter outreach have proven quite successful in controlling accidental breeding. Most puppies from litters that are unwanted are adopted almost immediately. The real problem is the result of unwanted adult dogs who were acquired as puppies by owners who either can't or won't honor their initial commitment and continue to provide for the needs of those puppies once they become adults. AB 1634 will have no impact on the number of adult dogs in shelters.

AB 1634 includes exemptions for certain working dogs, but in fact these exemptions are mostly useless. For example, the bill exempts trained and certified guide and service dogs, police dogs and search dogs employed by law enforcement. Other dogs must be altered by four months of age. However, no dog is a trained and certified guide dog, service dog, police dog, or search dog at four months of age. Typically certification occurs at closer to two years of age; therefore the exemption for certified dogs beyond the current generation is meaningless.

The bill also includes an exemption for dogs registered with the AKC, UKC, and ADBA, but has no exemption for carefully bred working dogs who are not included in these specified registries. It must be understood that kennel club registration means only that a given dog's ancestors were recognized members of a particular breed. It does not mean that dog is physically, mentally or genetically suitable to breed. The AKC itself has said that registration does not certify "good breeding." Working dogs in California often are not registered with the listed kennel clubs. Some are registered with other registries, but many are not and many are unregisterable.

Nevertheless, breeders of working dogs choose the dogs they breed based on health and performance, not "papers," and produce vigorous, top-performing dogs as a result. They should be allowed to continue to do so.

Also, from a very practical perspective, we note that this legislation would apply to out-of-state dogs entering California to participate in various forms of dog competition: kennel Club conformation shows, agility and obedience competition, and other events. Such competition would likely cease in California, since no owner from outside the state would risk entering the state and becoming subject to this legislation's mandatory spay/neuter requirements.

We hope you will oppose this misguided bill, and look forward to your reply. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Tammy Martin

AKKAOA President

 

Faxes also sent to the following:

Assembly Business and Professions Committee Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi

*Tracy Rhine, Committee Consultant FAX: (916) 319-2118 or FAX: (916) 319-3306

 

Business and Professions Committee Members

Assembly Republican Policy Consultant Ted Blanchard

FAX: 916-319-3902

 

Assemblyman Edward P. Hernandez Assemblyman Lloyd Levine

FAX: (916) 319-2157 FAX: (818) 902-0764

 

Assemblywoman Shirley Horton Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, Vice Chair

FAX: (916) 319-2178 FAX: (916) 319-2163

 

Assemblyman Bill Maze Assemblywoman Karen Bass

FAX: (916) 319-2134 FAX: (916) 319-2147

 

Assemblyman Curren D. Price., Jr. Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter

FAX: (916) 319-2151 FAX: (916) 319-2162

 

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico

FAX: (916) 319-2120

Membership Survey Report 2008

Carolyn Zinsser ~ Vice President’s Report

As reported in the November 2008 newsletter

MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

The Board of Directors thanks all those who responded to the survey. The information gained will help us better serve the membership & the dogs we all love.

And, the results are:

  • The majority of respondents are pet owners.
  • The greatest interests of the respondent’s are-ongoing information, the newsletter, and picnics. Less interest in showing and pet expos.
  • The majority is in favor of regional groups and is willing to be involved.
  • The vast majority are in favor of AKKAOA having parent club status.

The membership has concerns and comments on the following items:

  • Two breed clubs are counter productive to the breed, i.e. The Dogs!
  • More education, via seminars on health and research.
  • Development of regional groups, "will be the future", for social events and sharing.
  • Need for better communication between BoD and membership, better use of AKKAOA Group. BoD to monitor all groups and answer questions that are posted.
  • Committees chairs not be BoD members, involve the general membership more.
  • Reorganize the Awards program to include recognizing members that can not be present at the Annual Specialty/Picnic/Meeting.
  • BoD needs to find ways to motivate membership to become more involved.
  • AKKAOA to become the best Breed Club, act as if we are the parent club.

In response to the recent postings about AKK health issues, UKC has requested that we contact AKK owners and breeders and provide them with the following information: 

Please do not contact United Kennel Club offices or departments with questions or information about health issues in the Alaskan Klee Kai.  UKC would prefer that the owners and breeders who have questions or health issues in their dogs, to please submit them to the Alaskan Klee Kai Breed Clubs, rather than to the UKC offices or departments.  While the staff at UKC do care about the Alaskan Klee Kai breed and health issues in the breed, they believe that the clubs are the appropriate venue to accept the information, review it, analyze it and forward pertinent findings to the United Kennel Club when appropriate. Both AKKAOA and UAKKA have mechanisms in place to accept your information, and forms are available if you would like to have them for submission on the health of your AKK. 

 9/26/2006

AKK Stud Book Closure

Important Information Regarding AKK Stud Books
Single Registration Closure 

The following is an email received from Cindy Stickley at United Kennel Club:

This e-mail is in reponse to your request to close the Alaskan Klee Kai stud books.

Upon review of the numbers from the counted vote that was conducted by the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, Inc. (AKKAOA) and the United Alaskan Klee Kai Association, Inc. (UAKKA) it is apparent that the general consensus of the membership who voted is to close single registration for the Alaskan Klee Kai breed.  This matter has been discussed by myself, the Executive Vice President of United Kennel Club, Mark Threlfall, and several members of the single registration committee and it has been agreed to comply with your request to close the stud books at this time. Single registration will be closed for the Alaksan Klee Kai breed as of January 1, 2007, and will remain closed until further notice.


Please notify the officers and members of each association accordingly as to the decision that has been made. We would ask that you reconvene annually to discuss this matter and to determine if leaving the stud books closed is beneficial to the breed or if consideration should be made to re-open, if only for a short time, each year.


If you have any further questions or comments for our registry, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Have a great day!

Cindy Stickley
Registration Dept
UNITED KENNEL CLUB, INC.

 

Information from UKC

 On October 10th, 2006, AKKAOA and UAKKA did receive some numbers

regarding growth of registered Alaskan Klee Kai from UKC. We were given a stipulation from UKC on the use of these numbers.

 

The stipulation is as follows:

From Cindy Stickley:Please keep in mind that these numbers have been

given to you for the sole purpose of "preserving and improving the AKK

breed" and that it will be used to evaluate the breed for growth purposes.

Any use of this information with the intent of gaining recognition at any

other registry is strictly prohibited. We are not required to make our

registration numbers public knowledge and therefore are very selective in who [we] make this information available to.

 

More than 1800 total AKK pups have been registered since January 1, 1997, only 75% of the AKK pups received permanent registration. The number of registered male and female pups is approximately equal.

From 1998 to 2001, there was a 23% increase in total litters registered. From 1998 to 2005, the increase in litter registration was 250%. Also, from 2004 to 2005, the increase was a 30%. During 2005, more than 100 litters were registered by over 50 breeders. That.s a 418% increase in the number of breeders since 1998. From 1998

to 2001, the number of breeders increased by 172%. From 2004 to 2005, the

increase was 21%.

 

In 2005, more than 60 males sired pups. That.s a 266% increase from 1998. The increase in the number of sires was a 72% from 1998 to 2001. The increase was 32% from 2004 to 2005.

 

Also in 2005, more than 90 females had pups. That's  a 253% increase from 1998.

From 1998 to 2001, there was an 88% increase in the number of females that had pups. The increase was 33% from 2004 to 2005.

 

Out of the females registered since January 1, 1997, 10% are producing pups. Out of the males registered since January 1, 1997, 7.5% are producing pups.

These numbers shows us that the Alaskan Klee Kai is a growing and thriving breed and we need to do all that we can to assure healthy, happy AKK. These numbers also do not include the number of AKK registered as single registration dogs.

These numbers, however, do not indicate how many AKK are still living today. We' d like to remind our membership that should the sad occasion of death of one or more of your registered dog occurs, the original or a copy of the registration certificate(s) should be returned to UKC with the appropriate notation for their record.

With your support, we will be able to continue to improve our knowledge base and our skills in producing top quality AKK. Your knowledge and experience is valuable to us.

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