California Bill for Intact Dog Limit Vetoed

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed bill limiting number of intact dogs a person could own.

Posted: October 13, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Assembly Bill 241 on Oct. 11. AB 241 would have limited the number of intact dogs and cats any person could own for breeding and selling as pets.

“This measure would make it a crime for any person or entity to own or control more than 50 unsterilized adult dogs or cats for breeding or raising for sale as pets,” the governor wrote in a memo to the members of the California State Assembly. “I support measures designed to prevent animal cruelty and that punish persons engaged in the abuse of animals. However, this measure simply goes too far in an attempt to address the serious problem of puppy mills.

“An arbitrary cap on the number of animals any entity can possess throughout the state will not end unlawful, inhumane breeding practices. Instead this measure has the potential to criminalize the lawful activities of reputable breeders, pet stores, kennels and charitable organizations engaged in raising service and assistance dogs.”

Gov. Schwarzenegger also vetoed AB 243, which would have made it mandatory for a judge to prohibit those who had been found guilty of animal cruelty from owning animals again.

“This bill would require a judge to make an order prohibiting a person convicted of specified animal-related crimes from owning, possessing or caring for any animals for a minimum period of time,” the governor wrote in his veto memo. “This measure is unnecessary. Judges already have the discretion to enter an order forbidding persons from caring for animals if it’s warranted. Making this order mandatory could unjustly impact individuals who make a living working with or caring for animals.”


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Galadriel   Lothlorien, CA

10/13/2009 11:05:44 PM

Go Arnold. I fully agree with his veto and I've been petitioning against this bill from the beginning.

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karen   little rock, AR

10/13/2009 7:06:49 PM

I do not like him for certain now!

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sw   b, OR

10/13/2009 7:04:35 PM

More rules to make it so people have no rights. What next. A limit on how kids you can have. I thought America was a free country.

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Isobella   Nashville, TN

10/13/2009 5:27:54 PM

I consider this a success.It WILL help to cut out puppy mills and irresponsible breeders by controlling the number of animals they have and as far as rescues and shelters are concerned, they already spay and nueter the animals that come in. Many are done before they are offered up for adoption , before people even have a chance to look at them. I wish people would stop looking at everything like this and spay and neuter laws as something to fight. Learn the whole story and all the pros and cons before listening to breeders who are making a profit out of what they're doing or to individuals who are ,for some reason, against anything that forces the irresponsible to step it up.

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