Dog Federation of Wisconsin
– ACTION ALERT –
For All Wisconsin Dog Owners
ACT IMMEDIATELY: POORLY CONSIDERED DOG LICENSING BILL
Representative Hines has proposed Assembly Bill #247

This bill would change the date that the purchase of dog licenses would incur a late fee, of at least $5, from
April 1st to February 1st. In other words, instead of buying a dog license February or March and paying the
regular fee, you would also be assessed the late penalty on each license.
The Dog Federation of Wisconsin opposes changing the late fee assessment date.
• Owners of multiple dogs frequently take their dogs into the vet in February and March which allows them to combine
getting blood tests for heartworm along with any necessary vaccinations. Dogs in Wisconsin are at risk for heartworm
beginning each spring when the mosquitoes come out. It is a matter of both convenience and our dog owner culture
that springtime vet visits still allow us to purchase our dog licenses at the regular price.
• Assembly Bill 247 will not increase licensing compliance. When already faced with paying property taxes in January
shortly after the holiday season, money becomes an issue. Even in communities where dog licenses go for only a
nominal fee, the additional burden of needing to shell out more cash will have more dogs going unlicensed.
• The goal of a community should be to have as many dogs licensed as possible - both as a source of revenue to fund
animal control, and also because licensing serves as a checkpoint for rabies vaccinations. As a public health issue, it's
better policy to work for higher compliance rather than to be quick to institute a punitive measure such as a late fee.
We strongly urge every individual dog owner to oppose this piece of legislation.
Analysis of Assembly Bill 247 by the Legislative Reference Bureau:
Current law requires dog owners to obtain annual licenses for their dogs. Under current law, a late fee of $5, or
more at the option of a city, village, town, or county, applies if a dog owner fails to obtain a license before April
1. Under this bill, the late fee applies if a dog owner fails to obtain a license before February 1.
Complete Bill text for AB247 may be referenced on the internet:
http://www.legis.state.wi.us
What to do now (DEADLINE MAY 16 th ):
Contact the members of the Assembly Urban and Local Affairs committee and urge them to
“Vote AGAINST AB 247.”
Emails and phone calls can be very brief. For email subject lines, use:
Vote AGAINST AB 247
For the text of your email, use something like the following, but you must put into your own words:
Vote AGAINST AB 247. I am a dog owner and the bill will only discourage dog owners from getting rabies
vaccinations and a license.
You must give the following information:
• Your Name
• Your Address, with Zip Code

Dog Federation of Wisconsin
Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean it won’t take an interest in you. Pericles
If a member of the Assembly Urban and Local Affairs committee is your elected representative, please phone their office.
Hearing from constituents of a district carries more impact. Phone calls almost always will be answered by legislative
aides, and they are generally very nice, and do not bite.
Contact information for Assembly Urban and Local Affairs Committee follows. Email addresses may also be found here:
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/leginfo/asmmail.asp#59
Representative LeMahieu, Chairperson
Assembly District 59
(608) 266-9175 or
(888) 534-0059
rep.lemahieu@legis.state.wi.us
Representative Pridemore, Vice Chairperson
Assembly District 99
(608) 267-2367
rep.pridemore@legis.state.wi.us
Representative Gunderson
Assembly District 83
(608) 266-3363 or
(888) 534-0083
rep.gunderson@legis.state.wi.us
Representative Lothian
Assembly District 32
(608) 266-1190
rep.lothian@legis.state.wi.us
Representatives Gottlieb
Assembly District 60
(608) 267-2369
rep.gottlieb@legis.state.wi.us
Representative Berceau
Assembly District 76
(608) 266-3784
rep.berceau@legis.state.wi.us
Representative Fields
Assembly District 11
(608) 266-3756
rep.fields@legis.state.wi.us
Representative Parisi
Assembly District 48
(608) 266-5342
rep.parisi@legis.state.wi.us
Updates on this Bill and other WI canine legislation can be found by joining an e-mail announcement only list here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DFOW-Announcements
Or, you may join an email list for all animal laws for WI residents at the web address below:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wi_animal_laws
If you have questions about this Action Alert or about Dog Federation of Wisconsin, please email Kelly
Wichman at Kelly@dfow.org or call (920) 765-0938.
We appreciate your help!!

Dog Federation of Wisconsin
– ACTION ALERT –
For All Wisconsin Dog Owners
ACT IMMEDIATELY: GOOD DOG OWNERS INSURANCE BILL
Assemblyman Lehman has proposed Assembly Bill #363

This bill will protect you from insurance companies who refuse to write policies, refuse to renew policies and/or
charge increased premiums for dog owners.
As the years go by, it has become increasingly difficult for dog owners to either obtain homeowners insurance
and/or they have faced extremely high premiums. Both the Dog Federation of Wisconsin and the AKC strongly
support Assembly Bill 363 which will prevent such discrimination, as they prohibit insurers from refusing to
issue, renew or cancel homeowners insurance based on the breed of dog a person may own.
We strongly urge every individual, club, dog related organization, to join us in supporting this piece of
legislation.
Analysis of Assembly Bill 363 by the Legislative Reference Bureau:
Current law does not prohibit an insurer from denying, or from basing premiums for, coverage under a liability
insurance policy to a dog owner because of the particular breed of dog he or she owns. This bill prohibits an
insurer from denying, or from basing premiums for, coverage under a liability insurance policy to a dog owner
because of the breed of dog he or she owns. The bill permits an insurer to deny, or to base premiums for,
coverage under a liability insurance policy to a dog owner only because of the past behavior of his or her dog. If
the dog owner knows that his or her dog has been used in the commission of a crime or has previously injured a
person, domestic animal, or property, then the insurer may generally deny coverage or increase the premium for
coverage.
Complete Bill text for AB363 may be referenced on the internet:
http://www.legis.state.wi.us
What to do now:
Contact your legislators (both State Representative and State Senator) and urge him/her to co-sponsor this bill.
There are a number of ways to contact your elected representatives; phone, email, snail mail or in person. The
most expedient and painless manner is to phone (toll-free) the WI Legislative Hotline as follows:
You may leave messages for any legislator with the Legislative Hotline. The Hotline operators will take messages only for
the Senator or Representative for the district in which you live. If you do not know the name of your state Senator or
Representative, they can locate that information. For larger cities such as Milwaukee, Madison, or Green Bay, which have
multiple Senators and Representatives, it is helpful if you know the ward in which you reside.
The Hotline can be reached at:
Local Madison Number: 266-9960
Statewide Toll-Free: 800-362-9472
Hearing Impaired: 800-228-2115
Updates on this Bill and other WI canine legislation can be found by joining an e-mail announcement only list here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DFOW-Announcements
Or, you may join an email list for all animal laws for WI residents at the web address below:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wi_animal_laws
If you have questions about this Action Alert or about Dog Federation of Wisconsin, please email Kelly Wichman at
Kelly@dfow.org or call (920) 765-0938.
We appreciate your help!!
Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean it won’t take an interest in you. Pericles

 

 

 


Back to Home Page