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Pet Sterilization Law passed in Los Angeles
« on: February 27, 2008, 07:39:04 AM »
 LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday signed one of the nation's toughest laws on pet sterilization, requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they are 4 months old.

The ordinance is aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the thousands of euthanizations conducted in Los Angeles' animal shelters every year.

"We will, sooner rather than later, become a no-kill city and this is the greatest step in that direction," Councilman Tony Cardenas said as he held a kitten at a City Hall news conference.

The ordinance does exempt some animals, including those that have competed in shows or sporting competitions, guide dogs, animals used by police agencies and those belonging to professional breeders.

The average pet owner, however, must have their dog or cat spayed or neutered by the time it reaches 4 months of age (as late as 6 months with a letter from a veterinarian).

First-time offenders will receive information on subsidized sterilization services and be given an additional 60 days. If they still fail to comply they could be fined $100 and ordered to serve eight hours of community service. A subsequent offense could result in a $500 fine or 40 hours of community service.

Many states require animals adopted from shelters to be sterilized, and New York City requires the same for animals bought from pet shops, but restrictions such as Los Angeles' are rare. A 2006 Rhode Island law requires most cats to be sterilized.

A measure similar to Los Angeles' passed the California Assembly last year but did not gain state Senate support.

Los Angeles animal shelters took in 50,000 cats and dogs last year and euthanized approximately 15,000 at a cost of $2 million, according to city officials.

Bob Barker, the retired game-show host who famously ended every "Price is Right" show with a call for sterilizing pets, pushed for the law's adoption and was among those at Tuesday's news conference.

"The next time that you hear me say, 'Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered,' I can add, 'It's the law in Los Angeles,'" a jubilant Barker said.


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Re: Pet Sterilization Law passed in Los Angeles
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 10:07:49 AM »
This is a message I got today in response to the CA law .

>You are probably aware that Los Angeles did pass
>the Mandatory Spay/Neuter bill. Other cities in
>California and in the nation are following the
>lead that the passing of this bill in this major
>city now serves as a model for them to do
>likewise. Like legislation has been introduced
>in at least 20 other cities and the HSUS (Humane
>Society of the United States) is now trying to
>get a matching piece of federal legislation
>introduced. It is not difficult to see the
>pattern of a concerted effort from PETA and the
>HSUS to end the breeding of dogs.
> To spay or neuter a dog at 16 weeks of age
> can be devastating to their health. Go to:
> http://www.cdoca. org/HealthIssues .html and
> look at the dozens of articles about the
> damage, physically, mentally and behaviorally
> that occurs when spay and neuter are done too
> early. CDOC is in favor of spaying and
> neutering, but at what age should be a decision
> between the owner and their veterinarian.
> Legislation that is so detrimental to our
> dogs needs to be stopped. Such legislation also
> raises constitutional issues on the rights of
> individuals in respect to ownership. It seems
> that the only way to stop this is through a
> lawsuit that will stop this legislation on a
> state and national level. It is on the serious
> constitutional issues that CDOC hopes to base a lawsuit.
> CDOC have recently spoken to attorneys who
> have advised us that we have good grounds for
> filing a lawsuit. We have hired the law firm of
> Roberti, Jensen whose firm specialize in
> clients with issues before the California state
> government, California state departments and
> California state agencies in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
> David Roberti is intimately familiar and
> knowledgeable with government and regulatory
> matters. His 28 years of service in the
> legislature and 13 years of service as
> President Pro Tem of the California State
> Senate provide superior understanding of the
> nature and process of governmental actions. He
> is well known as one of Californiaís most prominent legislators.
> John Jensen has extensive experience in
> drafting and negotiating contracts, assisting
> businesses with government regulation and
> compliance and advising upon all aspects of
> business affairs. He has drafted and negotiated
> complex three party agreements in regulatory
> contexts, successfully argued administrative
> actions at the state level and negotiated
> various beneficial financial settlements.
> Los Angeles is the battleground for the
> State and for the Country! If we can stop this
> here, our victory will become the law for
> California and the issue of mandatory
> spay/neuter will be dead! If we win on
> constitutional issues, the law will apply across the country.
> Countrywide, we need your help! We need to
> raise $100,000.00 in a matter of weeks.
> Please send your contribution to: CDOC
> Action at 22647 Ventura Blvd., #108, Woodland
> Hills, CA 91364. If your check is for $500.00
> or more, please make it out directly to Roberti
> Jensen and send it to the same address. If
> your check is for a smaller amount (all
> donations are gratefully accepted ≠ give what
> you can, but give!) make your check out to CDOC
> Action and we will write a combined check to the law firm.
> CDOC Action is a 501c4 and contributions
> are not tax deductible. You can also donate on
> line at: www.cdocaction. org. After 2:00 PM today, February 25th, 2008.
> Where ever you live in the country, our
> success or failure will have a direct bearing
> on what happens in your community. Please make
> a generous contribution as quickly as you
> can. Donít let a law that will damage the
> health of dogs stand as the law of the land!
> I cannot emphasize how important this
> is. I am asking all of you to do as I have
> done. Please modify and forward this letter to
> everyone you know who loves dogs and ask them
> to make a contribution as well. We are not
> PETA or the HSUS; we donít have millions to
> spend in fundraising. We and the dogs are counting on you. Thank you!
> Carol Esterkin
> Vice President, Concerned Dog Owners of California
> President, Los Encinos Kennel Club
> Secretary, Western Sighthound Combined Specialties

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