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URGENT-Pasadena, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance MONDAY Oct. 7th!

URGENT ALERT

AKC Delegates, Club Officers, Judges and Breeders,

Please pass this message along to any of your club members in the Pasadena (Los Angeles) area. The AKC apologizes for the short notice, the city agenda containing this language was only posted Thursday evening.

The Pasadena City Council will vote on a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance this Monday, October 7th. This measure will require dogs and cats over the age of four months to be sterilized unless the owner qualifies for an exemption.

If a dog or cat is impounded it will not be released until it has been sterilized by a city approved veterinarian, even if the owner has a current intact license. It is imperative that responsible dog owners and breeders immediately contact their elected officials to oppose this ordinance.

Additionally, any intact dog owner who wishes to breed their dog shall deemed a kennel and is prohibited from maintaining the dog within 1000 feet of any dwelling other than the owner’s home. Current law also requires that dog kennel operators purchase a business license.

The current code defines a dog kennel as “any lot, building, structure, enclosure or premises wherein 5 or more canine animals 4 months of age or older are kept or permitted to remain or where any dog gives birth to 2 or more litters within a 12-month period.” It is unclear what the process will be if a resident possessing fewer than 5 dogs wishes to breed a single litter. This language could be interpreted to prohibit anyone who does not meet the definition of a kennel from engaging in breeding.

Pasadena City Council Meeting

Date/Time: Monday, October 7, 2013, 7:00 PM

Location: Council Chamber, Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue, Room S249, Pasadena, CA 91101

Provisions of the Ordinance:

Prohibits the ownership of an intact dog or cat over four months of age unless the owner qualifies for a specific exemption.
Exemptions:

  • •Medical – must provide written confirmation from a veterinarian that sterilization is a threat to the animal’s health.
  • •Law enforcement dog.
  • •Dogs trained and actively being used for guide, signal or service dog work or enrolled in a breeding program for these dogs administered by a person licensed under the California Business and Professions Code.
  • •A dog used to show, to compete or to breed, and which is registered with AKC, UKC, ADBA or other approved breed registries. The owner must also meet one of the following criteria:
    The dog has competed in at least one dog show or sporting competition sanctioned by a national registry or approved by the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA within the last 365 days.
    The dog has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working or other title from a purebred dog registry referenced above or other registry or dog sport association or Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

    The owner 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.

    Provides that any resident who wishes to breed their intact dog is subject to the definition and regulations pertaining to “dog kennels.”
    Intact dog licenses can be revoked if:

    The city receives two complaints within a twelve-month period, verified by the Poundmaster, that the applicant or licensee has allowed a dog to run loose or escape, or has otherwise been found to be neglectful of his/her dog or other animals.

    The applicant or licensee has been previously cited, ticketed, sued, fined and/or prosecuted for violating a state law, county code or other municipal provision related to the care and control of animals.

    The unaltered dog has been adjudicated as dangerous or vicious, or to be a nuisance.

    Any other unaltered dog license held by the applicant has been revoked.

    What You Can Do

    Attend the Pasadena City Council meeting Monday, October 7th and oppose these burdensome restrictions on responsible owners and breeders.
    Call or email the members of the Pasadena City Council and ask them to oppose this ordinance.
    AKC Resources
    AKC Position Statement: Breeding Restrictions
    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
    Issue Analysis: Conformation Shows- More Than Just a Pretty Face
    Sample Letter to Lawmakers – Mandatory Spay Neuter – Word | PDF | Text

    Pasadena City Council

    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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