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  • Friday, August 16, 2019 10:31 AM | Anonymous member

    I don't live in Ft. Smith, but I saw this underlying story in the news and received this alert from AKC.  If you know anyone in the Ft. Smith area, this is probably worth passing along.  This one is hard for me to understand:


    Dear club members, breeders, dog owners, and future dog owners,

    Please share this information with dog owners and breeders in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Immediate action is needed. 

    Responsible dog and cat breeders-and citizens of Fort Smith who wish to obtain dogs and cats from local breeders in the future-are urged to immediately contact the Fort Smith Board of Directors and ask that recently-enacted breeder licensing requirements be stricken from law.  This must be communicated to Board members prior to the next Board meeting on August 20. 

    To review, on August 6, 2019 the Fort Smith Board of Directors passed a law that, among other provisions, requires:

    • Every person who breeds a dog or cat must obtain breeder a license for every animal bred at a fee of $500 per animal, per year.  Additional requirements and costs apply.
    • All dogs and cats in the city must carry two forms of identification.  A microchip plus a tag or other form of ID are required.   
    • All dogs and cats must be licensed.  The annual fee is $60 per year for an unaltered animal and $10 for an altered animal.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  The Board discussed changing the requirements for the altered pet license, reducing certain penalties for owners of altered pets, and other changes to the ordinance.  Accordingly, the Board has indicated that it intends to repeal and replace the recently-enacted law at its meeting on August 20, 2019.  Please note, there was no action regarding changing or eliminating the breeder licensing requirement.

    This provides a small opportunity for responsible breeders and pet owners in Fort Smith to contact their elected officials and ask that breeder licensing requirements be stricken.     

    Click here to view a video of the August 6 Board meeting.  Discussion and voting on the animal ordinance began at approximately 03:30 in the video. It was followed by discussion and voting on a resolution to approve a contract with a corporation that will provide animal impoundment services at taxpayer expense.  You can also view discussion of these issues that took place during a Study Session held on 8/13/19, beginning at approximately 15:00 in the Study Session video.  During both the Board meeting and the Study Session, additional legislation referred to as a "Phase 2" ordinance was discussed.  This will include MANDATORY spaying/neutering. 

    Without immediate action by responsible breeders, not only will the breeder licensing law remain in effect, there will be continued efforts to ban the ownership of unaltered pets in the city. 


    Fort Smith residents who object to provisions of the new law are urged to IMMEDIATELY contact their elected officials, politely express concerns, and ask that problematic sections be stricken.  Click here for Board of Directors contact information.

    George B. McGill, Mayor@FortSmithAr.gov

    Keith Lau, Keith.Lau@fortsmithar.gov

    André Good, Andre.Good@FortSmithAR.gov

    Lavon Morton, Lavon.Morton@FortSmithAR.gov

    George Catsavis, George.Catsavis@FortSmithAR.gov

    Robyn Dawson, Robyn.Dawson@FortSmithAR.gov

    Kevin Settle, Kevin.Settle@FortSmithAR.gov

    Neal Martin, Neal.Martin@FortSmithAR.gov

    Attend the Board of Directors meeting and express your concerns:

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center, 3205 Jenny Lind Road, Building B

    Talking points:

    • During the 8/6 Board meeting, Ms. Gaevon Hoover, who represented the animal impoundment contractor, stated that animal intakes had increased due to a tornado, a 500-year flood, and fireworks.  None of these situations are attributable to local dog breeders.
    • Mr. Jesse Fenwick spoke in support of trap, neuter, and release protocols to reduce feral cats in the city.  A feral cat population is not attributable to local dog breeders.
    • A statement by Brenda Altman, who represented the animal impoundment contractor, underscores that local purebred dog breeders are not the source of shelter intakes.  When asked the amounts of adoption fees that will be charged by the animal sheltering contractor, she replied, "If we got a purebred, which is not going to happen, $200, or $30-50 depending on the animal." 

    Click here to read AKC's previous alert on this legislation. 

    For questions or additional information, please contact doglaw@akc.org or call 919-816-3720.


    This alert was originally sent by AKC to individuals potentially impacted by this information.  Clicking the unsubscribe button below will unsubscribe the original recipient to all AKC GR alerts. If this message was forwarded to you and you no longer wish to receive such messages, please contact the individual who forwarded this to you. 

  • Sunday, May 06, 2018 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jack Johnson and Rizz (Amber Jack's Decoy Risen from the Ashes MH) on Rizz's third Grand pass. While it was Rizz's third Grand pass, it was Jack's first time to handle her at the Grand. Way to go y'all!!!

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President - Nathan Atkinson

    Vice President - Scott Stokes

    Treasurer - Amber Johnson

    Secretary - Lynn Yandell

    Board Member - Jason Simpson

    Board Member - Allen Haegele

    Board Member - Justin Combs

  • Friday, September 22, 2017 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club member Lynn Yandell's Chocolate female "Dolly" (Ammo's Dolly Lama of Sugar Mtn) recently received her HRCH title at 18 months of age. Good girl!

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Their chocolate pup Rizz got her first Master pass at the OHRA spring AKC hunt test last weekend at The Retriever Academy in Miami, OK. Excellent job guys!

  • Monday, September 14, 2015 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club member Jordan Togami got his Seasoned title on his pup at the OHRA hunt test this past weekend. Congrats Jordan! Jordan had to take the ice bucket challenge for titling and he was a great sport. That water sure looked cold Jack Johnson! :)

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2015 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Their little girl Rizz got her first Junior passes this past weekend at an AKC hunt test at The Retriever Academy. Good job!

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Darrin handled their pup HRCH Doc Tee's Fire Down Below MH QAA in the Friday and Saturday Master tests. They passed both test and this was their first time together running a AKC test. Congrats!

  • Monday, April 06, 2015 7:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jake and his pup went for 4 for 4 in HRC Seasoned tests this spring. Sunday March 15th his pup was officially HR Corning Lake Muddy Alli (did I get that right Jake?). Congratulations!!!

  • Sunday, June 01, 2014 9:18 PM | Anonymous member

          I can't say I remember how many years ago it was that Mike Walker and his brother first walked into one of our club meetings, but I can say it has been a good, long run since we all got to know our HRC club President.  As most everyone in the club knows, Mike is moving on to greener pastures.  Alligator, snake filled, sinkhole laden pastures, mind you, but greener pastures, nonetheless.  It's hard to act surprised, though.  After all, don't most senior citizens end up there eventually?  :)

         I know he knows how much he'll be missed.  If he doesn't, well... he just hasn't been paying attention.  So this isn't for him so much as it is to let everyone else know how much we appreciate his service and committment to OHRA.  Mostly though, we appreciate his friendship and wish him the best in his next big adventure. 

         Best wishes, Mike.  You will be missed.  We'll leave the light on for you.  ;)


    - Brent Bryant 

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