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This Legislative page will be an active resource/tool for members and will develop as the environment changes related to Breed Specific Legislation, or any other issues we need to be aware of in relation to the Animal Rights groups. Please check back for these updates. If you would like to contribute anything to this page or feel something specifically needs to be addressed, please contact Dan O'Neill at or or telephone (330) 301-6679.

Links will be added or updated as appropriate to provide members with comprehensive resources. For example, the wonderful tool and user-friendly link provided by the AKC (listed below), which allows you to view state-specific, currently proposed legislation and tracks a proposed bill month by month updating whether it passes or is defeated.

Resource Links

  • AKC Legislative Alerts will give you a current month as well as the previous months and allows you to track the progress of proposed legislation in any state for that month.
  • Also as a member of this group RRCUS members are entitled to a 10% discount at any Motel 6. When making reservations you must reference CP546042 to obtain your discount. Reservations can be made on line at (place the CP number in the CP/ID Field) or call toll free: 800-466-8356.

    The Dog Press is a private dog advocate list that provides a grass roots approach to its emails and may be of interest to you. Anyone can be a member of this group by contacting the link above and requesting to join. It was started by a single individual Linda Witouski, who is the owner of this dog legislation group.

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The AKC's Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program is rapidly becoming recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. This is now considered a title by AKC similar to performance titles and can be listed after your Ridgeback's formal name.

Canine Good Citizen® resolutions have been passed by state legislatures and the United States Senate. Also insurance companies are starting to use CGC® to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure, and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the complex have earned the Canine Good Citizen. I will be developing this list as I determine those companies that participate; currently these insurance companies are recognizing its value:

  1. Nationwide Insurance is issuing homeowners insurance to owners of breeds previously prohibited by the company, providing the dog passes the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.
  2. The Hartford Insurance Companies is recognizing the CGC as well.

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