California Spay-Neuter Bill in Limbo

Responsible Pet Ownership Act, AB1634, could be brought up for another vote.

Posted: August 23, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

A bill that, under certain conditions, would require the sterilization of cats and dogs was considered Friday by the California State Senate and was granted “reconsideration.”

California Assembly Bill 1634, formerly known as the California Healthy Pets Act and now cited as the California Responsible Pet Ownership Act, can be brought up for another vote next week as it stands.

The bill, authored by Assemblymember Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), must be voted on before Aug. 31 to stay alive. Amendments to the measure most recently added microchip rules, and also have made it so that only cats and dogs who are repeat offenders to animal control ordinances would be required to be sterilized.

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traci   pollock pines, CA

9/1/2008 2:18:22 AM

I'm for it because we need not have more puppies when we can't even take care of the dogs we have, adopt a dog there are so many that already need homes.

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Rikki   San Francisco, CA

8/24/2008 7:09:58 PM

AB 1634 would have done nothing positive to address the problems in California's animal shelters. That's why the State Humane Association of California withdrew their support for AB 1634. The State Humane Association of California represent nearly 140 of California's humane societies, SPCAs, public animal shelters, and private animal shelters. That's also why Alley Cat Allies -- the nation's main advocate for feral cats -- opposes AB 1634. That's why No Kill shelter movement advocate Nathan Winograd opposes AB

California's humane movement doesn't want AB

Like every other mandatory spay/neuter law that's been passed, AB 1634 would have ended up killing more dogs and cats, not saving them. In the 6 months since Los Angeles passed their mandatory spay/neuter ordinance, shelter euthanasias have increased by

While testifying on behalf of AB 1634 at the recent Senate committee hearing, LAAS general manager Ed Boks said "No Senator, this is not about saving dogs and

AB 1634 has nothing to do with saving dogs and cats. It was a naked attempt to find some excuse to package forced sterilization for dogs and cats, even though every argument made by its proponents has been thoroughly discredited. At the end, AB 1634 became nothing more than an attempt to hand dis-elected Assembly member Lloyd Levine a gold watch retirement gift. Thank goodness the state senate saw the truth.

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Amanda   NY, NY

8/24/2008 1:50:16 PM

I think that owners should spay/neuter their dog but it shouldn't be required.

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Celena   Dallas, NC

8/24/2008 11:10:22 AM

TO Patty: Repeat offenders are roaming animals. Animals that are allowed outside unaltered and they can mate with
To Everyone Else: there are thousands of animals in shelter, recuse groups and on the streets that people have abandoned. What happens to these animals that don't find homes? Some stay at a rescue groups or foster homes for the rest of their lives. Others are euthanized b/c there is no room from them at the shelters or they can't afford the vet bills. Some of the animals in the shelters and such come from breeders and people who allow the animals to roam free. Those are the animals that need to be altered. The ones that owners don't care who they mate with or if they mate. If you want to breed your animals I say fine, but please do it responsibly. Also allow just anyone to breed animals is where you get the bad breeders. The ones that place the animals in cages and all they do is have babies. If you really want to allow your animal to breed please be responsible for your animal and theie
Lastly, I found a website that talks about the bill, allows you to read the bill, has interviews, and much more.

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