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Pasadena, CA to Consider Breed-Specific Mandatory Spay/Neuter, MONDAY JANUARY 27th!!

AKC Government Relations has just learned that the Pasadena City Council will hold a first reading of a breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter ordinance Monday, January 27th. The proposal will require the sterilization of “pit bulls,” defined as “Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Stafford Terriers or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding any of these breeds, unless they qualify for one of the narrow exemptions.” It is imperative that concerned residents and responsible dog owners attend this meeting and highlight the ineffectiveness of breed-specific legislation. Scroll down for meeting and contact information.

Dogs that have medical conditions which prohibit sterilization, are currently being used as a service or law enforcement dogs, or who qualify as a “show dog” are exempt from this ordinance. To take advantage of the show dog exemption one of the following must apply:

  • • The “pit bull” has competed in at least one show or sporting competition sanctioned by a national registry or approved by the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA within the last 365 days; or
  • • The “pit bull” has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working, or other title from a dog registry or dog sport association or Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA; or
  • • The owner or custodian of the “pit bull” is a member of a Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA approved purebred dog breed club which maintains and enforces a code of ethics for dog breeding that includes restrictions from breeding dogs with genetic defects and life threatening health problems that commonly threaten the breed.
  • Talking Points:
    Issue Analysis: Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work
    AKC Position Statement: Canine Population Issues
    AKC Position Statement: Spaying and Neutering
    Mandatory Spay-Neuter Issue Brief
    Issue Analysis: Why Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws are Ineffective

    What You Can Do

    Attend the city council meeting and voice your opposition to a breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter ordinance. The meeting information is as follows:
    Pasadena City Council Meeting
    Date: Monday, January 27th, 2014
    Time: 7 PM
    Location: Pasadena City Hall, City Council Chambers, 100 Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA
    Mayor Bill Bogaard

    Phone (626) 744-4311
    Fax (626) 744-3727
    Email bbogaard@cityofpasadena.net

    Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson, District 1

    Phone (626) 744-4444
    Fax (626) 396-7300
    Email district1@cityofpasadena.net

    Councilmember Margaret McAustin, District 2

    Phone (626) 744-4742
    Email mlmorales@cityofpasadena.net

    Councilmember John J. Kennedy, District 3

    Phone (626) 744-4738
    Fax (626) 744-4774
    Email ChristianCruz@cityofpasadena.net or jwest@cityofpasadena.net

    Councilmember Gene Masuda, District 4

    Phone (626) 744-4740
    Email nsullivan@cityofpasadena.net

    Councilmember Victor M. Gordo, Esq. District 5

    Phone (626) 744-4741 or (626) 831-8609
    Fax (626) 398-1836

    Email vdelacuba@cityofpasadena.net

    Councilmember Steve Madison, District 6

    Phone (626) 744-4739

    Email smadison@cityofpasadena.net

    Councilmember Terry Tornek, District 7

    Phone (626) 441-4802
    Fax (626) 441-4806

    Email ttornek@cityofpasadena.net

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