California Abandons Spay-Neuter Bill (AB 1634)

Continued debate on the proposed mandatory spay-neuter bill proved too much for it to survive in California’s state Senate.

Posted: July 11, 2007, 6 p.m. EST

Assembly member Lloyd Levine withdrew the contentious California Healthy Pets Act (AB 1634) today after it became clear he would not garner enough votes for it from the state Senate’s Local Government Committee, according to a spokesperson from his office.

Saying the bill was well-intended but flawed from the start, the American Kennel Club praised this development.

“AB 1634 was nothing more than an attempt to penalize responsible dog and cat owners who are not to blame for any purported pet population issues in California,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC’s president and CEO. “Today’s developments ensure that their fundamental rights and liberties remain intact.”

The bill, which would have mandated the spaying or neutering of most dogs and cats – exceptions were granted for show and work animals – in the state, was introduced in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals abandoned and euthanized in the state.

The state Assembly passed the bill, narrowly, but support for it continued to crumble when the California Veterinary Medical Association quietly withdrew its support of the legislation earlier this month.

Despite the setback, Levine’s office plans to “re-group,” continue work on the bill and bring it back to the Legislature’s attention next year, the spokesperson said.


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DEBORAH   SANTA CLARITA, CA

10/5/2010 10:03:45 AM

THIS BILL NEEDS TO BE TRASHED! I CANT BELEIVE THAT WE WOULD ALLOW SOMEONE ELSE TO TELL US WHAT WE SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT DO WITH OUR OWN PETS. NEXT THEY WILL BE TELLING US HOW TO RAISE OUR KIDS. UNITED STATES IS SUPPOSE TO BE A FREE COUNTRY HOWEVER, WITH LAWS LIKE THAT..... SO FAR FROM.

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Laura   IDK, ME

6/9/2009 5:19:43 AM

Many great working dogs are spayed or neutered so they are unable to pass their amazing talents to their puppies. All you have to do is keep your female dog inside during her season and -voila-! no puppies!

I am iffy about the bill failing.

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Ken   Sutter Creek, CA

5/28/2008 9:44:55 AM

Great. It is not easy living in the nanny state which wants to legislate every aspect of our lives because they "know" what is best. I grew up here and it has progressively grown worse. Save us all from these true believers who want to run our lives.

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Bill   Dayton, OH

7/22/2007 5:38:35 AM

This is a typical response from a liberal elite. They will try to mandate a common sense decision. It will not hurt the people who don't spay/neuter because they like the folks who own guns, pay no attention to laws! Stay out of our lives!

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