California Pet Spay-Neuter Bill Fails Assembly

Bill that would require state’s dogs and cats to be sterilized failed on Assembly floor.

Posted: September 11, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

California Senate Bill 250, which would require spay or neuter surgery for most of the state’s dogs and cats, failed on the Assembly floor 28-42 on Sept. 8. Reconsideration was granted, allowing the bill to be voted on again Sept. 9. Results had not been announced by press time.

The bill had been amended on the Assembly floor Aug. 31.

SB 250, sponsored 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 old unless the owner gets an unaltered dog license.

The bill also now would require anyone who sells or adopts out an intact dog, regardless of the dog’s age, to provide the licensing agency with the name and address of the new owner within 10 days. Any existing unaltered dog’s license number and microchip number for the dog must appear on the document transferring ownership of the dog to the new owner.

The bill also provides that an intact dog with a current intact license will not be required to be sterilized on a first offense: “In any case in which the owner or custodian of a dog with an unaltered dog license is cited for permitting the dog to roam at large, the license of the dog shall not be subject to revocation for a first violation, if at the time the dog roams at large the dog possesses a current license,” as specified.

Exemptions are extended “to any owner or breeder of a dog used in the business of shepherding, herding or guarding livestock, or cultivating agricultural products, to any owner or breeder of a dog used for hunting or for the purposes of field trials, or to any owner or trainer of a guide dog, signal dog, service dog, peace officer’s dog or firefighter’s dog, as defined, provided the dog is licensed, as specified, and the owner or breeder has purchased any required hunting license.”

The American Kennel Club issued a statement Sept. 9 thanking all the fanciers, concerned dog owners, breeders, federations and clubs who worked to defeat this legislation.

“While the battle is not yet over, it is clear that the educational efforts have paid off and that legislators have seen that SB 250 will negatively impact responsible owners and will not improve animal control in California,” according to the AKC.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council also opposes the bill.


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Clint   San Francisco, CA

9/14/2009 10:06:44 PM

Thank goodness this failed. Thhis bill was part of the PETA/HSUS drive for a pet-free society. Ingrid Newkirk the president of PETA said that she wants to see ALL dogs and cats neutered and spayed, without exception. That will lead to the extinction of pets, which is the goal of these people with their "total animal liberation" philosophy. Newkirk and HSUS president Wayne Pacelle want to see the extinction of all domestic animals and use faux do-gooder stealth legislation like this and limiting pet ownership to two animals, to bring about this end. Good breeders=great dogs!

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Josh   Salt Lake City, UT

9/14/2009 6:51:19 PM

I hope this passes. I am an AKC junior handler in my mid-teens myself, and as much as I love the kennel club, their stance on this bill is idiotic. If they wanted healthier, more sound breeds, they would be happy for this to pass. This will help end backyard breeders and puppymillers and promote good pet ownership, as well as helping responsible breeders make better quality dogs. Don't you agree?

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Isobella   Nashville, TN

9/14/2009 3:50:51 PM

I hope from the bottom of my heart that this bill will eventually pass. The AKC's stance on this bill,along with breeders,backyard breeders, irresponsible owners and those who think that spay and neutering is in some way harmful and undesirable is typical. They contribute to the millions of animals who die in shelters every year and they make money out of breeding their dogs and cats. What they really ought to do is go to a high kill shelter and see the horrible conditions the animals are kept in,see how frightened and scared they are and then see them euthenized by lethal injection or ,in some states, put in a gas chamber where it can take half an hour to die and see them crying and frantic and suffocating. If ,after seeing this,they still oppose sterilization laws then they are no friend of animals;they are inhuman and monsterous.

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Maggie   Lancaster, PA

9/14/2009 7:06:52 AM

So glad it didn't pass! This is one step in the right direction finally! The Animal Rights Activists ultimately want to end the ownership/captivity and use of all animals in our society. Bills like this are just one step in that

Spay/neuter and age of spay neuter should be an educated choice made by the dogs Owner...not mandated by law! There are very valid reasons not to spay/neuter especially at such a young age. Unfortunately these reasons are often kept "hushed" in an effort to push for early neutering.

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