California Senate Committee To Hear Spay-Neuter Bill

Hearing dates have been set for a committee to consider a spay-neuter bill as well as additional regulations for pet stores.

Posted: June 27, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

California’s Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee will hear testimony regarding the California Pet Store Act (AB 1347) and the California Healthy Pets Act (AB 1634) on July 9 at 1:30 p.m. in room 3191 at the state Capitol.

The pet store act overwhelmingly passed the state Assembly with a 75 to 1 vote in late May. It would establish specific care criteria standards that retailers, not breeders, would have to adhere to or face penalties. The Pet Industry Joint Council (PIJAC) supports the bill and plans to submit testimony in favor of it at the July hearing.

The California Healthy Pets Act, however, is facing more opposition. Introduced by Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), the bill narrowly passed through the Assembly in early June. It has the support of many of the state’s animal rescues and shelters as well as the California Veterinary Medical Assn., but PIJAC, the American Kennel Club (AKC), several dog clubs and the North American Police Work Dog Association have all voiced opposition.

The proposal would mandate all of the state’s dogs and cats – with some exceptions – older than 4 months old be spayed or neutered. Those exceptions include service animals and dogs or cats raised specifically for showing.

Opponents say the law is too broad and does not leave room for pets raised in hobby situations or the so-called designer dogs that might not fit into a specific show category, but are bred for a specific look, nonetheless.

The AKC contends the bill would be detrimental to the sport of purebred dogs, fail to achieve a reduction in pet overpopulation and cost California millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Those in support of the bill say it would save the lives of hundreds of thousands of unwanted pets euthanized each year, as well as reduce taxpayer costs associated with stray dogs and cats.


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MONICA   Hayward, CA

7/7/2007 2:08:46 PM

I think the person who suggest this "Spay-Neuter Bill" is not a person who value "HEALTH". By Spay or Neuter at the age of 4 months, it is going to introduce a lot of health problems for the dogs years after. (just simply think, if this bill is on human, how will the baby grow without reproduction organs?!) By having the correct hormone level, a dog's body can be developed properly into the right healthy structure, healthier body. At the end, this "Spay-Neuter Bill" is going to bring us more vet bills to pay in the future, definitely a "Business" point of view. We instead should education people the correct concept of keeping animals. We should not punish the dogs when it is the human who is wrong.

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HayforkTimberjacksdogclub   Hayfork, CA

7/6/2007 2:08:01 PM

This is wrong. No spaying/neutering. If you think about it this bill is doing the exact same thing as if it had never been there, all it's doing is killing the dogs before they're even born. If you were a dog would you want to be spayed/nutered? Do you want all cats and dogs to go extinct? How about "mans best friend"? There is already a law going into effect that would require all cats and dogs to be "chipped" isn't that enough? Do they have to be tormented even more?

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Betty   Westminster, CA

6/28/2007 7:15:49 PM

AB1634 is BAD news for the future of the "healthy pet". This will foster black market puppies being smuggled in from Mexico and who knows what kind of diseases they will be carrying. Take the time and get the facts don't depend on the person that wants the bill to pass to give you correct info. We need to work with laws already on the books and enforce those instead of creating more confusion. What's next, trashing the Bill of Rights????

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Terry   Newport Beach, CA

6/27/2007 5:54:52 PM

This is so wrong. We need to enforce the laws we have now. This will now keep the pet population down. It will only hurt the people who breed responsibly.

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