California to Consider Mandatory Spaying, Neutering

Proposed law would force breeders to pay special registration fees.

Posted: March 6, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

A California state legislator has proposed a bill that would make it mandatory to spay or neuter almost all dogs and cats in California.

Assembly Bill 1634, introduced by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), is meant to combat the overpopulation of strays in the state, Levine has said.

However, if the bill becomes law, it would exempt animals that are purebred and registered with specific purebred kennel associations. Exceptions would also be made for working animals, such as guide and police dogs.

Permit fees, which would apply to each pet, would be set by local animal control agencies. Pet owners who don’t get permits and don’t sterilize their pets by the time the animals are 4 months old would face costly fines under the proposed bill.

Local animal control agencies would retain money collected through fines and the new permit to help pay for subsidized spaying and neutering programs.
The proposal has already drawn fire from breeders who would have to pay to register purebred pets. Some argue that the bill would not make a dent in the growing population of strays.

The bill, introduced Feb. 22, hasn’t yet been heard by the state assembly or any of its committees.


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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

9/8/2016 3:21:59 AM

The reasoning for this bill I can understand why, but I have a real problem with the government telling us how to maintain our pets. This is the land of the free but is it really? Pet owners need to be accountable for their pets because it is the right thing to do.

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LaLa   salinas, CA

3/8/2008 2:12:16 PM

I love this idea I just hope there will be help for people that cant afford it I am so tired of so many suffering animals

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Cher   Vancouver, BC, CA

8/2/2007 9:51:21 AM

I think this is a wonderful idea, and I dont think purebreds should be expempt. Breeders and show dog owners and others who require unaltered dogs could be provided with special licencing. I am with a rescue group and all we do is clean up after breeders, not just the backyard ones. The breeders dont seem to care and they dump there poor females and dont give them necessary medical treatment. They dont support rescue, so we are paying for them to make money off the pups. Neutering would also decrease the number of aggressive dogs in the wrong hands.

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Sandi   Lake Milton, OH

3/7/2007 2:30:39 AM

I think thats a great idea. To many dog being left without homes because no one wants them. There is no sense putting an animal to sleep when it could have been prevented.

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