California Bill Seeks to Limit Dog Ownership

State Senate’s Committee on Public Safety will hear AB 241 on Thursday, July 2.

Updated: June 30, 2009, 1:50 p.m. EDT

The California Senate’s Committee on Public Safety has postponed its hearing on AB 241, a bill that would limit the number of intact dogs and cats any person could own for breeding and selling as pets, from Tuesday, June 30 to Thursday, July 2.

Assembly Bill 241 would prohibit any person from having more than a combined total of 50 unsterilized dogs and cats that are kept for breeding or raised for sale as pets. Those in possession of more than that would have to spay or neuter the excess animals or sell, transfer or relinquish the animals within 30 days. If necessary, any euthanasia procedures would have to be performed by a licensed veterinarian or other qualified person as pursuant to regulations adopted by the Veterinary Medical Board.

AB 241 authorizes a peace officer, humane officer or animal control officer to take possession of any animal that is kept in violation. Violators would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) has issued an alert stating that AB 241 would impose an “irrational ban on the possession of dogs and cats irrespective of the quality of care provided to the animals.” PIJAC argues that there is no correlation between the size of a breeding facility and the quality of care provided to the animals. According to the organization, the only way to ensure humane care of animals is to establish and enforce reasonable standards under which breeders may keep them.

PIJAC specifically expressed concern that the bill would “require the euthanasia or relinquishment of dogs and cats that are perfectly healthy and being maintained with the best possible care in the finest facilities.” PIJAC also claimed that the bill would increase the incidences of defects in dogs and cats by limiting the diversity in breeding stock.

In its alert, PIJAC called on members of the pet industry and the public to contact state Senators and members of the Senate Committee on Public Safety and speak out against the proposed bill.

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Jessica   sausalito, CA

7/1/2009 5:40:05 PM

I fully agree with the proposed bill. Dear God! There are enough intact animals in reputable breeders all over the US to give us all the pure-breed or show dogs/cats needed for a lifetime. Over breeding on animal farms is one of the main reasons there are so many animals abandoned, put in shelters and put to needless death. Sure a champion dog can garner loads of money for a litter of pups... but does that justify animals being euthanized by the thousands every day? YES! limit the amount of breeders and I am also behind the group that thinks that if a dog is not going to either be for show or an exceptional dog used to carry on the line, ALL domesticated dogs should be fixed. Period. And cats too... since they stray farther than dogs do in an normal day.

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lala   salinas, CA

7/1/2009 5:18:37 PM

I am confused. I did not understand I just pray whatever they decide it is the the animals

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Lulu   sdfsfadf, MD

7/1/2009 12:46:41 PM

Except they shouldn't use the whole euthanasia thing.... this is just hurting innocent animals.

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Lulu   ihopethispasses, DE

7/1/2009 12:45:50 PM

I hope this passes. And yes, don't you get all "This hurts breeders" on me because I AM a breeder of the AKC. And this helps the GOOD breeders out.

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