akc_logoWednesday, May 03, 2017

The Land Use Committee of the City of Riverside’s City Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 8th.  The agenda includes the consideration of drafting laws that would ban the retail sales of pets and require breeder licensing.

As reported previously by AKC, the City is using nearby Long Beach’s ordinances as a model in drafting their proposal.  A Long Beach-style breeder ordinance could have an onerous impact on responsible dog breeding within the City of Riverside, and could likely include litter limits, primary enclosure/shelter regulations, and reporting and microchipping requirements.

Click here for AKC’s policy brief on Responsible Breeding Practices.

Click here to read AKC’s position statement on Pet Choice.

Click here to read Why Californians Need to Worry about the “Pet Store” Bill.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Riverside residents are strongly encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting and express concerns about implementing breeder licensing and retail sales restrictions.  The meeting will take place on Monday, May 8, at 1:00PM at the Art Pick Council Chambers in Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522.  Residents attending the meeting and wishing to comment will need to fill out a “speaker card” and present it to the City Clerk prior to the start of the meeting.  Each individual will be allowed three minutes to comment.

Concerned residents are also encouraged to contact the City Council Members serving on the Utility Services/Land Use/Energy Development Committee to express concerns.  Members of the committee include:

Chris MacArthur (Ward 5), Chairman
Phone: (951) 826-5991
Email: cmacarthur@riversideca.gov

Mike Soubirous (Ward 3), Vice Chair
Phone: (951) 826-5991
Mobile: (951) 515-1663
Email: msoubirous@riversideca.gov

Mike Gardner (Ward 1)
Phone: (951) 826-5991
Mobile: (951) 941-7084
Email: mgardner@riversideca.gov

For further information, please contact AKC Government Relations at doglaw@akc.org; or Terry Toussant with the Dog Owners of the Golden State (DOGS), which provided this update to AKC.

DOGS is one of four AKC Government Relations-recognized federations in California.  Others include The Animal Council, theSacramento Council of Dog Clubs, and the California Federation of Dog Clubs.