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Arizona Alert: Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Introduced
« on: January 22, 2008, 11:06:14 PM »
AKC Legislative Alert
[Tuesday, January 22, 2008]
House Bill 2516, which seeks to prohibit persons from owning or keeping
a dog or cat that is more than six months old if the animal has not been
spayed or neutered, unless the person has acquired an intact permit for
the animal, has been introduced. If adopted, this unreasonable and
unenforceable bill will have a profound negative impact not only upon
responsible dog breeders in Arizona, but also upon all current and
prospective dog owners. It is vital that all breeders and concerned dog
owners in Arizona contact their elected state legislators and voice
their strong opposition to the bill.

The American Kennel Club opposes the concept of breeding permits,
breeding bans, or the 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 rights of breeders and
owners who take their responsibilities seriously. Additionally, we
strongly support and actively promote a wide range of programs to
educate the public about responsible breeding practices and the
responsibilities of dog ownership.

As introduced, HB 2516 will:

* Prohibit a person from owning or keeping a dog or cat that is
more than six months old if the animal has not been spayed or neutered,
unless the person qualifies for and purchases an intact permit.


* Allow the fee for the permit to be set by the county enforcement
agent or by the local jurisdiction.


* Require the fee for the permit to be no more than what is
"reasonably necessary" to fund the administration of the intact permit
program.


* Provide that intact permits be issued when one of the following
conditions are met, including:

* For those who provide a business license and federal tax
identification number as a dog or cat breeder;
* Proof that the dog belongs to a recognized registry and
meets show or title standards;
* Proof that the dog is a working dog for law enforcement,
fire agencies, or private sector working dog organizations;
* Proof that the dog is actively used by law enforcement,
fire agencies, or private sector working dog organizations for law
enforcement, fire service, search and rescue or medical service
activities, or is being raised or otherwise prepared for any of these
purposes;
* A letter from a licensed veterinarian stating that due
to age, poor health, or illness it is unsafe to spay or neuter the
animal;
* Proof that the dog is used for herding or guarding
livestock on property designated for ranching;
* Proof that the dog or cat is temporarily in the state;
* Proof that the dog or cat is being trained or used for
any of the purposes permitted by the US Animal Welfare Act; or
* A written agreement to allow one male dog and one female
dog per household to produce a single litter of offspring within one
year after issuance of permit (pursuant to stringent health and care and
conditions requirements).

HB 2516 will require breeders to pay an undetermined annual fee for
every intact dog they possess, and is a blatant attempt at imposing a
significant financial burden upon responsible dog breeders and owners.
We believe that any attempt at restricting the rights and liberties of
responsible breeders-especially via mandatory spay/neuter laws-must be
defeated.

As a recently introduced bill, HB 2516 has not been referred to a
committee within the Arizona House of Representatives. The AKC Canine
Legislation Department will continue to monitor the consideration of HB
2516 and will notify the purebred dog community when the bill is
assigned to a committee. Contact information for committee members will
be provided and purebred dog owners should express their concerns with
HB 2516 to committee members.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and ask them
to oppose HB 2516. To find out who represents you in the Arizona
Legislature, please click here
<http://www.azleg.gov/alisStaticPages/HowToContactMember.asp> .
Jennifer Walker
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