California Spay-Neuter Bill Officially Dead

Watered-down version of the bill not worth pursuing, sponsor says.

Posted: August 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Supporters of a bill that sought to mandate the spaying or neutering of cats and dogs in California said they wanted to make a big impact on the state’s pet population. After several amendments to the measure, however, Assembly Bill 1634 officially died Friday because the cosponsors decided not to back the latest version.

The bill, formerly know as the California Healthy Pets Act and then cited as the California Responsible Pet Ownership Act, was granted reconsideration last week, meaning it was eligible for another vote as it stood.

Judie Mancuso, campaign director and sponsor of the bill, said the drastic changes made to the bill as it went through the local government committee left no reason to try to get votes for it in order to try to push it through by the Aug. 31 deadline.

Recent amendments to the bill sought to mandate microchipping for certain problem pets and to give pet owners license fee discounts for microchipping and spaying or neutering their pets.

“Yes, I’m bummed, obviously,” Mancuso said Friday, “but what I do focus on is all the victories we had along the way.”

She pointed out that in the city of Los Angeles, a mandatory spay-neuter ordinance goes into effect Oct. 1. Additionally, cities across the nation, including Chicago, are working on similar ordinances inspired by AB1634. 

Meanwhile, Bill Hemby, the head of PetPAC, a group that fought the measure from the start, said the bill’s defeat in the State Senate protects the rights of pets and their owners.

“By defeating AB1634 in California,” Hemby said in a statement Thursday, “pet owners sent a strong message across this nation; we will fight to protect our dogs and cats from irresponsible mandatory sterilization laws which will result in more dogs and cats being sent to animal shelters and euthanized.”

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lala   salins, CA

9/1/2008 7:01:10 PM

i amso sick of see so many roaming unloved pets in my area i hope thre will be something we can do to stop this. i myself would love puppys from my muffin but in back of my mind is the thought of what will become of them in this cruel world

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Julie   Richmond, VA

8/31/2008 10:50:32 PM

It is never responsible to breed your pets. Spaying /neutering is the only way to prevent reproductive cancers later in life. Do you want to lose your beloved pet to a cancer you could have prevented?! Don't be selfish. It makes them happier and healthier, plus you save lives when you spay/ neuter and ADOPT!

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Judy Crumpton   Long Beach, CA

8/31/2008 6:05:34 PM

It is unbelievable to me that after the extensive education of AB 1634, to the citizens of California, that there is STILL those people that would breed an animal! Some folks simply can not be educated, nor do they want to be! And of course, there are those human beings that call breeding a hobby, when the truth is, they are making untaxed money from
it!
Mandatory spay/neuter is essential for making the difference in reducing the number of animals that are being killed in shelters and those who are suffering on the
streets.
Thank you Judie Mancuso for your compassion and your tireless work!

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Celena   Dallas, NC

8/31/2008 11:12:08 AM

I was all for this bill and now that it is gone it is a little sad but LA does have a mandatory spay-neuter ordinance going into effect in Oct. I know it seems cruel stating that you have to spay-neuter your animal, but please go to your local animal shelter and tell all the abandoned and abused animals there that you are happy that their owners had the right to choose whether or not they were allowed to breed them while you are euthanizing them. That seems more creel to me then mandatory spay-neuter. FYI: if you want to breed your animal do it responsibly. Also the bill did have an exemption to people who wished to breed their animals. You could have got a permit.

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