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Riverside Co., CA - ***ALERT MSN LAW***
January 7, 2009
Mandatory Spay/Neuter legislation is rearing its head all over the country, with the latest attempt in Riverside County, California. We had hoped that the demise of AB 1634 last year, as well as the lawsuit filed over MSN in Los Angeles, would have been enough to deter other cities and counties from pursuing a clearly flawed idea. But in spite of the fact that MSN hasn't worked anywhere it has been tried, animal rights activists continue to push it as the one-size-fits- all solution to pet population problems.
NAIA is prepared to fight extremist legislation like this anywhere it is proposed, and we need your help! If you live in California - especially if you live in the Riverside County area - please CLICK HERE to find out how you can help defeat the proposed ordinance.
If you live outside of California, know that we will be ready to act if animal owners' rights are threatened in your area. Thank you for your continued support and action on behalf of pets and the people who care for them!
Thanks for posting that - that's getting too close for comfort; it's a county just east of us.
01-09-2009, 07:41 AM #3
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yeah but how are they enforcing it?
i for one am against mandatory spay/neuter. i have not neutered my dog and he does not do any of the things that they are worried about in reasons for neutering. i am responsible enough to keep my intact male away from intact females. i dont want him to mate so he doesnt. it should be at the owners descretion if they want to alter their pet not the government
http://www.akc. org/news/ index.cfm? article_id= 3700
URGENT: January 13th Riverside County, CA to Consider Spay/Neuter and
Mandatory Microchip Ordinance
[Monday, January 12, 2009]
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing tomorrow
morning at 9 am to discuss an ordinance that would require the
spaying/neutering of any dog or cat for even a minor violation of the animal
control ordinance and would force pet owners to microchip all their animals
and register the microchips with the county. It is vital that responsible
dog owners and breeders attend the hearing to oppose this measure.
Provisions of the Proposed Ordinance
Requires that all dogs and cats be spayed or neutered unless the owner has
purchased an intact animal license. Current law requires owners to license
their pets and mandates that the license fee for an intact animal be twice
that for a sterilized animal. This will not change under the new ordinance.
However, keeping that license would become much tougher.
Any animal that is picked up at-large will be required to be spayed/neutered
prior to being returned to the owner. Any violation of the animal control
ordinance can trigger a requirement that the animal(s) be sterilized. A few
of the examples used in the ordinance include failure to posses a current
rabies vaccination, failure to license, leash law violations, animals left
unattended in a car and failure to provide adequate care.
A dog would have to be spayed/neutered if there are 2 complaints, verified
by the department that the dog has run at-large, or the owner is found to be
neglectful. (AKC staff is concerned at the vagueness of this language. It
does not appear to require that the owners be cited for the alleged
violations or that the owner is convicted of animal cruelty charges.)
If an owner has one intact license revoked, they can have all their intact
licenses revoked. Therefore, it is reasonable to $#@!ume if one dog was
picked up at-large and sterilized, then all dogs owned by this person would
be required to be sterilized.
There is no exemption for dogs picked up at-large that do not reside in
Riverside County. If a fancier were in town for an event and their dog
somehow got loose, it would only be returned after being spayed/neutered.
Requires that any advertisement for the sale of an unaltered dog or cat
include the intact license number for that animal. Since animals are not
required to be licensed until they are 4 months old, it is unclear how this
would impact the sale of puppies younger than four months.
Requires that all dogs and cats be implanted with a microchip and that the
microchip be registered with the county. Exemptions are provided if a
veterinarian states in writing that it is dangerous to the animals health or
would negatively impact the animal's athletic abilities. Animals that are
kenneled or trained in Riverside, but whose owners do not live in the
jurisdiction are not required to implant microchips.
This ordinance would require the sterilization of any animal that was picked
up by animal control, even on a first offense. This is unreasonable as even
responsible owners can have an animal escape due to a mistake by a meter
reader, gardener, friend or relative leaving a gate open. We agree that
steps should be taken to address owners who habitually allow their animals
to run at-large, but such a severe response is not justified by a single
This issue is one of utmost importance to those who participate in our dog
shows and events. In 2008, almost 14,000 responsible dog owners participated
in 75 AKC-approved events held in Riverside County. When you take into
account what these participants spend on hotel rooms, gasoline, food,
souvenirs and entertainment, the revenue generated by these events is easily
over $7 million annually. Clubs will be reluctant to hold events in an area
where an escaped dog would be sterilized on a first offense. Passage of a
mandatory spay/neuter ordinance in Riverside County would send a clear
message that AKC events are not welcome in the community.
The AKC opposes the concept of mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs.
Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare
and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the right of responsible
breeders and owners. Mandatory spay/neuter is an ineffective solution to
animal control problems because it fails to address the heart of the
issue-irresponsible ownership. These laws are extremely difficult to enforce
and can be evaded by irresponsible animal owners who won't licensing their
pets. This proposed ordinance will unfairly punish responsible owners who
are already complying with local animal control laws, while irresponsible
owners continue to make problems for the community and local shelters.
The American Kennel Club also opposes mandatory microchipping. As part of
our ongoing efforts to promote responsible dog ownership, the AKC encourages
dog owners to properly identify their pets. We believe, however, that the
final decision about identification- whether by collar, tattoo or
microchip-should be made by the owner, not the government.
What You Can Do
Attend the Board of Supervisors Meeting January 13th
9 am, Tuesday January 13th
4080 Lemon Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Riverside residents, send a letter to the Supervisor who represents your
district. Please click here for a sample letter. Remember that this letter
must be personalized and you need to include your full name and mailing
address so you will be recognized as a constituent.
To find out who represents you, please click here
http://www.rctlma. org/districts/ .
Fanciers who have traveled to Riverside to attend dog events, please
personalize this sample letter (webmaster please link to the attached sample
letter) and send it to the members of the Board of Supervisors
Club Officers please have your club author a letter opposing this ordinance
and send it to the Supervisors listed below. A sample letter to personalize
can be found here (Webmaster please link to the attached letter).
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Mailing address for all supervisors
4080 Lemon Street - 5th Floor
Riverside, California 92501
Roy Wilson, Chairman (District 4)
Tel: (951) 955-1040
Fax: (951) 955-2194
Jeff Stone, Vice-Chairman (District 3)
Fax (951) 955-2194
Bob Buster, District 1
John Tavaglione, District 2
Marion Ashley, District 5
For more information, please contact the AKC Government Relations department
at 919-816-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents head to meeting to back pet measure
K Kaufmann • The Desert Sun • January 13, 2009
About 30 Coachella Valley residents are on a bus bound for Riverside this morning to give their support to a proposed ordinance requiring all cats and dogs in unincorporated areas of Riverside County be microchipped and spayed or neutered.
The new law will be the focus of what is expected to be a contentious public hearing at today's 9 a.m. meeting of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors at the County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St.
“The population of animals is completely out of control; there's no supply and demand,” said Lindi Biggi of Palm Desert, who has organized area support for the ordinance.
The proposed law is aimed at reducing the number of strays and abandoned pets in the county's two public shelters — a figure estimated at 40,000 for 2008, county officials said.
The law would require all dogs and cats in the unincorporated areas of the county to be microchipped. Spaying or neutering would also be required for all cats and dogs older than four months.
Dogs that have licenses allowing them to be unaltered would be exempt. In addition, the proposed law would be enforced only if a pet owner is cited for another violation of animal control laws.
“Everyone is saying animal control officers will come to their homes and take their animals away,” said Supervisor Roy Wilson of Palm Desert, who supports the ordinance. “If they're responsible pet owners and keep their pets contained, they don't have to have them microchipped and spayed and neutered.”
But Terry Toussaint of Yucaipa, who raises malamutes, said even responsible pet owners sometimes lose control of their animals.
“No person, regardless of precautions, can guarantee that one of their dogs will never get out,” Toussaint said. “If one of my dogs were to get out and be impounded, they can refuse to return the dog until it's altered at my expense.”
While the county does not euthanize healthy, adoptable pets, more than 50 percent of impounded animals are euthanized, said Dr. Allan Drusy, chief veterinarian for the county Department of Animal Services.
Even if the new law p$#@!, “there will be no immediate impact,” Drusy said. “In a couple years, you'll be able to see results.”
http://www.mydesert .com/article/ 20090113/ NEWS01/901130321
Riverside Co. gets heated over spay law
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Animal lovers spoke their minds on Tuesday as Riverside County officials debated a sweeping, new spay and neuter ordinance.
It's a growing problem in Riverside County. Officials say last year more than 30,000 cats and dogs were impounded in shelters. Most of those animals were euthanized.
Many say the problem lies with irresponsible pet owners, who let unspayed, unneutered animals loose, free to run all over the neighborhood -- sending the pet population spiralling out of control.
"I mean we're just producing and producing. We have a 24/7 production line of them, and nobody wants them," said ordinance supporter, Linda Biggi.
That's why people like Linda Biggi of Palm Desert showed up at the meeting to support ordinance.
The ordinance would make it mandatory for animal owners to not only microchip, but spay or neuter their pet as well. But that's riling up animal owners all across Southern California.
"I think when you start getting into mandatory anything, you start looking at Big Brother, and that's how a lot of them see it," said Susan Sholar, who opposes the ordinance.
Susan Sholar is from San Diego. She wonders how the government can force her to spay or neuter her pet.
Scores of animal breeders, who by nature can't spay or neuter many pets, showed up at the meeting to voice their disapproval.
"You're intruding on somebody's recreation, which they've been doing for years. This has been part of America since the Founding Fathers were dog fanciers," said Matt Gage, who opposes the ordinance.
But supporters says the ordinance would only apply to irresponsible dog owners. It would apply to people who are habitually busted by Animal Control for letting their animals run around the neighborhood.
So in theory, breeders and responsible pet owners would have nothing to worry about.
"Your dog has to be out of control, doing something wrong, picked up for some violation, before any of this comes into play. We have thousands of dogs running around loose, and those are the ones the ordinance is targeting -- not these guys," said Biggi.
County animal shelters charge $25 for spaying or neutering a cat and $50 per dog. Costs vary at private veterinary clinics.
http://abclocal. go.com/kabc/ story?section= news/local/ inland_empire&id=6602782
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