AKC Alert Thursday, August 19, 2010
California Senate Bill 250, which seeks to mandate the sterilization of a dog on a second animal control offense, has moved from the inactive file back to the Assembly floor and could be voted on any day. Amendments have been adopted, but they only modify the appeals process and do not alter our fundamental opposition to this legislation. It is imperative that California responsible dog owners and breeders immediately contact their Assemblymembers and Senators and ask them to oppose SB 250!
While the AKC strongly encourages all dog owners to abide the animal control laws and to be responsible owners, Senate Bill 250 is unreasonable. Two animal control violations may occur years apart and therefore not accurately reflect the true nature of the dog or the responsibility of the owner. Mandatory sterilization in these cases is an extreme punishment. Furthermore, the owner could be denied from ever owning an intact animal again.
How You Can Help
When SB 250 first came up for a vote in the Assembly in 2009, it was rejected due to the excellent education and grassroots efforts of concerned dog owners, exhibitors, and breeders in California. Your calls and e-mails do make a difference! Please take the time to contact your Assembly Member and Senator TODAY and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 250.
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