California Spay-Neuter Bill Moves to Senate

Legislation would require sterilization of most cats and dogs in the state.

Posted: June 2, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

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California Senate Bill 250 goes before the Senate Floor during the first week of June 2009, where the full Senate votes on the measure that seeks to require spay or neuter surgery for most of the state’s cats and dogs.

The bill, previously placed in suspense file, passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 28.

SB 250, by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, calls on cat owners to spay or neuter their cats at 6 months of age if the cats are allowed to roam at large. The bill also requires the sterilization of all dogs at 6 months of age, unless the owner gets an unaltered dog license.

The bill has been amended to authorize local governments to use existing procedures to issue the intact dog licenses or to charge a fee for procedures related to the issuance, denial or revocation of unaltered dog licenses. In addition, unaltered dogs used in legal hunting activities would be exempt from being cited.

The sterilization of dogs found to be at-large continues to be a requirement under the bill.

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Katherine   Stockton, CA

6/2/2009 11:28:52 AM

It seems that everyone agrees on one thing unanimously. There is a problem and unfortunately bills like this are designed to punish all of its citizens not just the ones that have dogs and cats. It seems irresponsible for our Senators to be actually wasting our time and our money on whether we should be forcing pet owners to spay their animals. How much is this going to cost our economy & its residents? How about our government officials take the time they are wasting on this and spend it fixing what is already broken in our economy. How about our elected officials focus on not cutting the police force while the officers that are left are getting 15-20% raises. I would say our state is so off balance it isn't funny. Lets get what is broken fixed before we add additional financial problems to our local government and force them to police something that hurts the local economy and its residents in so many ways. Our country is floundering... This will only make it worse. When GM is going bankrupt, our senators are worrying about spaying puppies! It is beyond irresponsible. who do you think makes 90% of the satellites in the sky? who is responsible for our Garmins, Tomtoms and DirectTV working properly? It is far more reaching then the loss of jobs and problems in our car industry that affects how GMs problems relate to our economy. Spaying puppies, come on now...

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Mary   Palo Alto, CA

6/2/2009 8:59:41 AM

This article underscores what it takes to have your dog or cat be surgically altered. Everyone can agree that roaming dogs are a problem and some might even feel that spaying or neutering is a feel good response to it.

In my neighborhood, it isn't the intact dogs and cats left to roam, it is the spayed and neutered ones. In my neighborhood the responsible owners are the owners of intact aninmals, while the vast majority of spayed and neutered animals are owned by irresponsible owners that let their dogs wreak havoc in the
neighbhorhood.
What this bill does is make not wearing a licence tag reason enough for spay or neuter. Show dogs don't wear license tags when they are being shown. It just takes on AC officer on the public fairgrounds during a show and suddenly there are over two thousand intact dogs that will have to be spayed or neutered. Thats what the bill will
allow.
You and your brand new (intact)puppy are driving along, minding your own business when a drunk driver hits you head on. Your puppy is thrown from the car realitively unhurt. The EMTs report that there is a puppy loose and you are taken to the hospital. Meanwhile AC picks up your dog- and while it is under the knife, your puppy has a bad reaction and stops breathing. Yep, you have a dead puppy because of
SB250.
Your Westminster winning show dog and you are enjoying a walk on the beach. Being a responsible owner, you have your dog on leash. But what you didn't know was that the local code says that you can only walk on the beach with a 6 foot leash, but your leash is 8 feet. Now your valuable show dog is not so valuable because it is spayed and neutered.

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karen   Madison, WI

6/2/2009 8:05:07 AM

SB 250 is a ridiculous attempt to control problems that will continue to exist unless puppy millers and pet stores that sell mill dogs are put out of operation. We also need to EDUCATE people about responsible dog ownership and about why it is necessary to obtain a pup from a reputable hobby breeder.

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