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Manteca Adopts Policy to Spay/Neuter Pit Bull Breeds **Additional Info on all dogs**
Manteca adopts policy to spay or neuter pit bull breeds
By The Record
September 03, 2008 4:59 PM
MANTECA — Pit bull owners have another month to have their dogs spayed or neutered before they face fines and possible jail time under a city ordinance that became official Tuesday night.
The law, similar to one in effect in Ripon since 2006, requires pit bull breeds to be altered by the time they are eight weeks old if their owner plans to keep the dog within the city limits more than 30 days.
Read Thursday’s Record for more on this story by staff writer Harley Becker.
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Dumb law, for sure.
Why just "pit bulls"? Why not all breeds?
Mayor wants all dogs in Manteca fixed
Pit bull related breeds first, other dogs later.
That's the stance Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford is taking on a City Council crackdown on vicious dogs.
Weatherford joined his colleagues Monday in voting to adopt the second reading of an ordinance that requires pit bull type dogs that aren't being used for breeding or as show animals to be neutered or spayed. The law goes into effect in 45 days.
The mayor on Wednesday repeated his comments made two days earlier before passing the measure that he favors the municipal staff returning within six months and expanding upon the ordinance to have spaying and neutering for all dogs as a mandatory requirement within the city limits.
Weatherford said the city needs to take steps to try and reduce the potential for vicious dog attacks across the board - and not just those involving pit bull related breeds. He added that the city also needs to make a concerted effort to reduce the unwanted animal population.
"We've got to do something to reduce the number of animals that we are forced to kill at the animal shelter," Weatherford said.
In Manteca alone last year, there were 339 dogs or almost one a day was put to sleep. The number for cats is even higher with 1,002 being euthanized.
With 3,522 animals each year that is brought to the shelter - almost 10 a day - there just isn't enough time and space to save more lives of dogs and cats.
State law requires shelters to keep dogs and cats for a minimum of four days. After that, the city is free to put them down. Dogs at the shelter have a 75 percent chance of making it out alive. Those are much better odds than for cats that have a 1 in 7 survival rate.
Three people spoke against the ordinance targeting pit bulls on Monday - two Sacramento area residents and a Manteca resident.
Thomas Bueno of Manteca argued that pit bills are a victim of irresponsible owners that intentionally twist their usually good temperament.
"Pit bulls are victims of gangs and youth who use the dogs for fighting and status," Bueno said.
To stress his point about pit bull style breeds as a whole, Bueno pointed out that only two of the 47 dogs seized in the Michael Vick dog fighting case had to be destroyed. The others were either adopted or were placed in rescue shelters for adoption.
The municipal ordinance requiring spaying and neutering of pit bull breeds mandatory in the City of Manteca with was prompted by several incidents in 2007 in which pit bull dogs bit citizens in Manteca resulting in severe injuries.
That led to an exhaustive eight-page ordinance that lays out how the city can demand the neutering and spaying of pit bulls that are within the city limits. It is similar to a measure adopted last year by Ripon.
Police Chief Dave Bricker has noted it is generally accepted that neutering and spaying tends to reduce the aggressiveness in animals lessening the likelihood that they will act out violently without provocation.
The language of the ordinance includes:
• Pit bull refers to any dog that is a Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any other dog displaying the physical traits of any one or more of the previously mentioned breeds or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics that conform to specific standards established by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club for any o the listed breeds.
• Owners unsure whether their dog is a pit bull and requires neutering or spaying, can make an appointment with the Police Department for a staff member to make a determination. There is an appeal provision.
• The only reasons a person may have a pit bull that isn't fixed include the pit bull being under eight weeks of age, if there is a degree of suffering serious bodily harm or death due a physical abnormality based on a veterinarian certification who must also say when the operation can take place, the pit bull has been in the city less than 30 days, the owner has obtained or submitted an application for a breeding permit, the pit bull is a show dog but must include proper registration papers, or if the pit bull's status is under appeal.
• The first violation may result in the department impounding the pit bull and disposing of the pit bull in accordance with municipal ordinances or the owner may reclaim it by paying fees including the department's cost of having a veterinarian spay or neuter the dog. The owner will be required to make a $100 deposit and then cover the balance of the actual bill before reclaiming ownership.
• The second violation is a misdemeanor publishable by imprisonment county jail for a period not to exceed six months or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both. The second violation may result in impounding and destroying the pit bull.
• Breeding permit application fees are $100 and come with a list of stringent rules that must be followed.
Meeting Monday on plan to neuter all city dogs
By Dennis Wyatt
POSTED March 29, 2009 1:46 a.m
Pit bulls and related breeds in Manteca are required by city law to be neutered or spayed.
Now city leaders think it is a good idea to make owners of all dogs * with a few notable exceptions * to have their canines fixed.
Dog owners and the general public have a chance Monday to say what they think of the plan as well as make suggestions on what the city should or shouldn*t do during a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center council chambers at 1001 W. Center St. Police Chief Dave Bricker will conduct the meeting.
Exemptions to the spaying and neutering requirement as the proposed ordinance now stands would be licensed show dogs, livestock dogs, police dogs, breeders licensed by the city, or $#@!istance dogs.
A mandatory neutering and spaying law would work for all dogs over six months of age within Manteca*s city limits. That means if Manteca Animal Control picks up your stray dog for wandering the streets you may have to pay in excess of $100 to have it spayed or neutered in addition to impound fees and paying for a license if you do not have one.
City officials estimate there are 20,000 dogs in Manteca of which just fewer than 3,000 are licensed. To obtain a license or to renew a dog license you*d have to proof your dog has been spayed or neutered.
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Mandatory spaying, neutering of dogs proposed
By Bobby Wilson
Posted: 04/02/2009 01:38:17 PM PDT
MANTECA — Thousands of dog owners in the city could soon be forced to spay and neuter their pooches.
Manteca city officials have drafted a proposed ordinance that would make it mandatory for all dog breeds to be altered when they are older than 6 months, with some exceptions.
The ordinance would impose stiff penalties — violators could be fined as much as $1,000 and be sentenced up to six months in county jail.
The plan is not without its opponents. For example, after a public hearing at City Hall on Monday, Mike Learned of Manteca said such a move would trample on the rights of dog owners and breeders.
"There are so many details in the ordinance that it's going to be easy for someone to violate that ordinance," Learned said. "It's an intrusion upon my civil rights. What I don't have the right to do is have a dog that's going to create a problem."
The city already has an ordinance on the books requiring all pit bulls to be spayed and neutered. The Manteca City Council adopted that ordinance in September 2008, after several maulings by pit bulls.
At the time, Mayor Willie Weatherford asked city staff to prepare an ordinance that would make it mandatory for all dog breeds to be spayed and neutered. The council is scheduled to review a new draft of the ordinance at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chamber, 1001 W. Center St.
"I think we are going to support it," Weatherford said of the
council. "I think it is going to move forward."
If the council grants initial approval to the proposed ordinance Tuesday, and approves it again after a second reading at its next meeting, the ordinance would become law 30 days later, Manteca police Chief Dave Bricker said.
The goal would be to decrease the intake of dogs at the animal shelter and the rate of corresponding euthanasia, Bricker said.
The city has an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 dogs, of which 3,000 are licensed, which is required by law, Bricker said.
If the proposed ordinance p$#@!, spaying and neutering would be a requirement to register a dog. The city estimates that it costs $60 to $130 to have a dog altered, depending on size.
Some residents oppose the proposed ordinance, saying it unfairly punishes dog owners who have already registered their dogs and who are responsible owners. Opponent say it would be wiser for the city to educate people about how to be a good dog owner and to offer subsidized spayed/neuter clinics.
Also, the ordinance doesn't deal with a bigger problem — the need to have cats spayed and neutered, Manteca resident Jake Smith said.
"Cats are a larger stray issue in town than dogs are," Smith said, adding he has problems with cats digging in his garden and climbing on his house and car. "You go through neighborhoods, you see cats all over the place. You don't see dogs all over the place."
Cats weren't included in the proposed ordinance largely because most are feral, Bricker said.
The proposed ordinance includes exceptions for police dogs, livestock and service dogs, as well as for show dogs and dogs whose lives would be threatened by the procedure because of medical reasons or age.
Permits can be obtained to maintain unaltered dogs. Bricker said he took note of concerns expressed at Monday's meeting, and he has modified the proposed ordinance, including the option of a permanent waiver for breeding permit holders, if certain other conditions are met.
If you go What: Manteca City
Council discusses mandatory spay, neuter law When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: City Council Chambers, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca
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