California Won’t Mandate Pet Sterilization

Amended Assembly Bill 1634 would stiffen penalties for unaltered pets instead.

Posted: June 20, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Despite the efforts of former game show host Bob Barker, California Assembly Bill 1634 no longer mandates pet sterilization in most cases.
California Assembly Bill 1634, which would have essentially mandated dogs and cats in the state to be spayed or neutered, was significantly amended in the state’s Senate bill and no longer mandates pet sterilization.

Instead, the bill stiffens penalties for existing laws associated with nonspayed and unneutered dogs and cats. The amendment also strips the bill of its “California Healthy Pets Act” title and shifts the legislation from the Health and Safety Code to the Food and Agricultural Code.

Specifically, the bill would increase the fines to pet owners for intact cats and dogs impounded by animal control agencies from $35 to $50 for the first occurrence. For dogs, that fine would increase from $50 to $100 for the second occurrence and require spaying or neutering of the dog, at the owner’s expense, on the third occurrence. Cats would need to be spayed or neutered at the owner’s expense following the second occurrence.

In addition, the amended legislation calls for an additional fine for intact animals when the owner is cited for another animal-related complaint, except for excessive noise or barking. The fines, which would be in addition to fines associated with the original complaint, would be $50 for first occurrence for cats or dogs.

Then, just as with the impound fines, that fine for dogs would be $100 for the second occurrence and require spaying or neutering, at the owner’s expense, on the third occurrence. Cats would need to be spayed or neutered at the owner’s expense following the second occurrence.

The fines can be waived if the pet owner can present written proof from a licensed veterinarian that the pet was spayed or neutered within 14 business days of the citation.

The amended legislation has been re-referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government.

To read more about AB 1634, click here.


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sdf   sdf, Armed Forces Pacific

7/18/2013 3:13:17 PM

put in a law that says its illegal to let 2 unsterilized dogs/(overpopulated types of animals) within breeding range, dogs can breed thru fence, so it must be at least 1 foot apart. each time someone is caught letting 2 unsterilizted dogs within breeding range, force them to sterilize all the pets they ever own forever(except pets who are medically ineldegiable due to being alergic to anesthsia, to young, or too unhealthy), fine them $40,000 (calculated by the adv cost to care for a litter for their life time), then use that $ for sterilization and careing for animals, not for uthanization, make them do comminty service so many hours at their local animal shelter, and make them promote and adverstise sterilization and adoption.


dont punish them for haveing pregnante dogs or puppies other wise they will kill the puppies or the mother dog to avoid punishment. require they care for all dogs they own otherwise arrest them and charge them with neglect, and fine them.


why not just fix them and let them free in the country? strays i know seemly do fine, except they might get flees and worms.

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misty   Sherrill, NY

6/22/2008 3:22:14 PM

nice to know

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Christy   Covina, CA

6/22/2008 1:49:20 PM

Good info!

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bertha   SAN DIEGO, CA

6/21/2008 10:34:56 PM

nice to know

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