California Intact Animal Cap Bill Moves Forward

If passed, the bill would limit the number of intact dogs and cats a person could own.

Posted: August 19, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

California Assembly Bill 241, which would limit the number of intact dogs and cats any person could own for breeding and selling as pets, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Aug. 17. It will now be voted on by the full Senate, although a hearing date has not yet been announced.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor for any person to have more than a combined total of 50 adult unsterilized dogs and cats for breeding or raising them for sale as pets, as specified. Those who possess too many would have to spay or neuter the excess animals or sell, transfer or relinquish the animals within 30 days. If necessary, any euthanasia would have to be performed by a licensed veterinarian or other qualified person.

AB 241 authorizes a peace officer, humane officer or animal control officer to take possession of any animal kept in violation.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council issued an alert last week stating that this “anti-pet bill” does nothing to advance animal welfare.

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.


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Jan   Phoenix, AZ

8/20/2009 2:47:58 PM

50 animals! That's way too many animals for anyone to have. With our pet overpopulation problem, the last thing we need is someone breeding so many animals. What is it with people these days! Haven't they ever heard of spay & neutering? Are the people who buy animals from breeders too good to go to a shelter and adopt a wonderful pet?

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Mandy   St Paul, MN

8/20/2009 9:34:37 AM

I'm not a huge fan of "Big Brother" stepping in and trying to regulate how people conduct aspects of their lives. But I am a fan of Bills/Laws such as this. The overpopulation of unwanted animals nowdays is a damn shame. All it takes is simple spaying and neutering to help this problem.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, CA

8/19/2009 10:48:35 PM

I don't think that they should limit them. Just have inspections and proper regulation.

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sk   nh, CT

8/19/2009 9:33:55 PM

good idea

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