California City Moves Closer to Mandatory Spay-Neuter

The Huntington Beach City Council voted in favor of drafting an ordinance that would require pet owners to alter and microchip their dogs.

Posted: September 10, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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In a controversial decision, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 4-3 in favor of drafting a resolution that would require pet owners to spay, neuter and microchip their dogs and cats.

The purpose of the ordinance would be to reduce uncontrolled breeding of both dogs and cats, to more humanely manage the city’s pet population and reduce the strain on Orange County Animal Care Services’ resources, according to a staff report prepared by Huntington Beach Police Chief Kenneth W. Small.

A spay and neuter exemption would apply if special circumstances were met. That is, if a veterinarian deemed the surgery unsafe; the animal is used for law enforcement purposes; the animal is a service animal and assists the disabled; or if the pet is deemed a “competition” animal.

The proposed ordinance defines a competition animal as a pet that is used to show, compete or breed, and is recognized by – and registered with – an approved dog or cat breed registry.

Those in violation of the ordinance would be fined $150, and up to $500 if the violation continued to go uncorrected. The legislation would allow pet owners a one-year grace period before any fines would be issued, which would give the city time to evaluate the effect of the ordinance and allow the public time to prepare, the staff report states.

Opponents of the ordinance say this legislation creates a “nanny government” and infringes on individuals’ rights. Those in favor of the ordinance say this legislation would reduce the number of animals euthanized.

“The goal is noble, no one wants to see [animals] suffering,” says Councilman Don Hansen, who voted against the ordinance, “but I don’t think it’s going to be effective … And it’s very intrusive.”

Small will finalize the language of the ordinance, amd it will return to the city council for a vote.

-Heidi Hatch, Associate News Editor for DogChannel.com

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Cheryl   Conway, MO

9/16/2008 8:50:15 AM

I think that most people should have their pets spayed/neutered. There are too many unwanted pets in the world as it is.

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JACQUELINE DYER   TUCSON, AZ

9/10/2007 12:23:51 PM

PLEASE INFORM READERS THAT THERE IS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE IN MOUSE STUDIES THAT SUBCUTANEOUS MICROCHIP IMPLANTATION NEEDS AT LEAST A 20 YEAR STUDY FOLLOWING EXTENSIVE RESEARCH IVNOLVING THE USE OF MICROCHIPS AND DUE TO THE COMPLICATIONS MICROCHIPS CAUSE. WHILE THE STUDY IS ONGOING IT IS INHUMANE TO ORDER ANYBODY TO MICROCHIP THEIR DOG. THE COMPLICATIONS ARE SUBCUTANEOUS TUMORS THAT WHEN FOUND IN HUMANS ARE EXTREMELY DEADLY AND DIFFICULT TO TREAT. AN ARTICLE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE PAPER JUST YESTERDAY. IT IS SAD TO THINK THAT WHILE PEOPLE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO MAKE A CHOICE BASED ON THE SAFETY OF A PRODUCT THAT IT COULD BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO ACTUALLY PAY FOR UNSAFE EXPERIMENTATION ON OUR INNOCENT PETS.

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