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CALIFORNIA – The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will meet at 2:30pm February 27th discuss adoption of the “Animal Overpopulation Ordinance.” It is imperative that fanciers, breeders and concerned dog owners attend the meeting. The measure includes a $150 intact animal fee, a reduced $50 intact animal permit for those who meet certain conditions, a $10 fee to transfer an animal over the age of four months, and requires all dogs and cats to wear a suitable collar or harness with the license tag attached. For further information, please contact the Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs at jgrcorgis@aol.com.

– The Kern County Animal Control Commission is set to propose a new breeder license. Anyone offering for sale more than 1 litter per year would be required to purchase the $150 permit, which would include licensing for 2 intact animals. Animal control would have the right to inspect the premises of any breeder. The commission is also considering increasing fees including the fee to license intact animals and the fee to redeem intact animals from the shelter. A low cost spay/neuter program and the possibility of requiring an animal to be sterilized if it is picked up three times are also under consideration.

– The San Jose Animal Advisory Committee is proposing changes to the animal control ordinance that would require all dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered and to restrict where animals can be sold. A copy of the draft proposal has not yet been made available to the public, although the San Jose Animal Care and Services division states that the mandatory spay/neuter provisions will not apply to qualified competition animals. The Canine Legislation Department has sent materials to concerned dog owners and will be working with the city council members once a draft is available. Local fanciers and dog owners are encouraged to contact their representative on the city council and educate them about the rights and benefits of responsible breeding programs. The measure is expected to go before the San Jose City Council in March or April.

– The City of Hesperia was considering legislation to ban certain breeds or require that certain breeds be spayed or neutered. The Canine Legislation Department worked with local dog owners to educate legislators about the ineffectiveness of breed specific measures and the city is now investigating other ways to improve animal control.






   

[Thursday, February 01, 2007]
Indiana House Bill 1719, introduced by Representative Bardon, seeks to require that all dogs over six months of age be microchipped, that a new state-run microchip registry be developed, that owners of intact dogs be assessed a $50 annual fee, and that "Beware of Dog" signs be put up for every intact dog. If passed and signed into law, the changes imposed by this bill would have a detrimental impact on dog breeders in Indiana. It is vitally important that breeders and dog owners contact their representative and the committee chairman to express their opposition.

Identification—whether by collar, tattoo or microchip—should be made by the owner, not the government. Imposing financial sanctions on owners of dogs not spayed or neutered is an ineffective solution to animal control problems because it fails to address the heart of the issue—irresponsible ownership. These laws are extremely difficult to enforce and can be evaded by irresponsible animal owners who will purposefully not comply with this bill's provisions. This proposal will unfairly punish responsible owners who are already complying with local animal control laws, while irresponsible owners will continue to make problems for the community and local shelters.

For example, the proposed set of laws would require:

All dogs over six months of age be microchipped with a state-sanctioned chip.

All microchip data be stored in a state-run registry.

All owners of dogs not spayed or neutered be assessed a $50 per year per dog fee.

All owners of dogs not spayed or neutered to post a sign for each dog saying "Beware of Dog" and containing a warning symbol for children.

Violators of any of these requirements be subject to a $500 fine.


What You Can Do:

Contact the members of the Indiana House Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures who will consider this bill.

Representative Scott Pelath, Chair
Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)

Representative Russ Stilwell, Vice Chair
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)

Representative Terri Austin
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)

Representative Earl Harris
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)

Representative Robert Kuzman
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)

Representative Denny Oxley
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)

Representative Matt Whetstone
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)
h40@IN.gov

Representative Randy L. Borror
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)
h84@IN.gov

Representative Ralph Foley
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)
h47@IN.gov

Representative P. Eric Turner
1-800-382-9842 (from anywhere within Indiana)
H32@IN.gov



   

[Monday, February 05, 2007]
New York State Assembly Bill 1677, introduced by Assemblyman Peralta, seeks to require all dogs over four months of age to be microchipped and registered with a new state-run registry. If passed and signed into law, these changes could have a significant impact on breeders and dog owners in New York. It is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners contact their Assemblyman and the committee chairman to express their opposition.

Nationalized microchip enrollment is far superior to local or state registries. A significant portion of recoveries involve pets that have crossed state lines or passed from one area to another. Creating regionalized recovery systems will make consumers feel that they are protected in a state database. They will be less likely to enroll in a national database and the end result will inevitably be lost pets that are not properly reunited with their owners because of the disjointed nature of state/regional recovery systems.

The proposed set of laws would require that:

All dogs four months of age be microchipped.

All microchipped and/or licensed dogs be registered with a new state identification registry.

All microchips and stored information be compatible with scanners used by the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Violators of this bill be subject to fines of up to $100.

WHAT TO DO:

Contact the members of the New York Assembly Committee on Agriculture who will consider this bill.

Assemblyman William Magee, Chair
LOB 828
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4807
mageew@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Marc S. Alessi
518-455-5294
alessim@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Darrel J. Aubertine
518-455-5545
aubertd@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
518-455-5296
benedem@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Marc W. Butler
518-455-5393
butlerm@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch
518-455-5741
crouchc@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
518-455-5214
cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte
518-455-5284
delmonf@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito
518-455-5454
destitr@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch
518-455-5878
finchg@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther
518-455-5355
GuntheA@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Steven Hawley
518-455-5811

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
518-455-5444
liftonb@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Alan Maisel
518-455-5211
maisela@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey
518-455-4755
markeym@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Roy McDonald
518-455-5404
mcdonar@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman John J. McEneny
518-455-4178
mcenenj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Bob Reilly
518-455-5931
reillyr@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera
518-455-5102
riverap@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal
518-455-5802
RosentL@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko
518-455-5197
tonkop@assembly.state.ny.us



   
[Wednesday, February 14, 2007]
New Mexico House Bill 1106, known as the Pet Owner Responsibility Act, has been introduced by Representative Gutierrez and has been assigned to the Judiciary and Appropriations & Finance Committees. If this bill is adopted, all dogs six months of age or older must be spayed or neutered. While the bill currently provides exceptions for certain breeders, fanciers, and handlers, the bill would have a profound impact on all dog owners in New Mexico. The Judiciary Committee will consider this bill Friday, February 16, at 1:30PM. It is imperative that concerned dog owners and breeders contact their Representative and the committee members to express their opposition.

The proposed law would:

Require owners to spay or neuter all dogs six months of age or older.

Require owners to apply for an intact dog permit.

Provide civil penalties for non-compliance with the Act.

Permit localities to impose more restrictive ordinances.

Points for dog owner to remember:
Responsible owners should be allowed to use their own discretion in determining whether to alter their animals, spay/neuter requirements target all owners regardless of their actions. These breeders make a serious commitment to their animals, working hard to raise healthy, well cared-for dogs and work to ensure that these puppies are placed with responsible owners.

Strongly enforced animal control laws (such as leash laws) and increased public education efforts are better ways to address the issue of irresponsible dog ownership.

A public education campaign would help teach community residents about how to properly care for their pets, as well as the need to be a responsible pet owner.

Pet owners need to spay or neuter their dogs as a responsible means to prevent accidental breedings resulting in unwanted puppies. Breeders should discuss spaying and neutering options with puppy buyers who do not wish to participate in conformation events.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact your representative in the New Mexico House of Representatives and let him or her know that you oppose mandatory spay/neuter and HB 1106.

Contact the members of New Mexico House Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Appropriations and Finance who will consider this bill:

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Representative Al Park, Chair
1840 Dakota NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 986-4411
alpark.nm@gmail.com

Representative Joseph Cervantes, Vice Chair
(505) 986-4249
cervanteslaw@zianet.com

Representative Elias Barela
(505) 986-4254
elias@barelalaw.com

Representative Gail Chasey
(505) 986-4484
gailchasey@msn.com

Representative Daniel R. Foley
(505) 986-4758
daniel.foley@nmlegis.gov

Representative Antonio "Moe" Maestas
(505) 986-4464
antonio@moejustice.com

Representative W. Ken Martinez
(505) 986-4776
mlo1@cities.net

Representative William "Bill" R. Rehm
(505) 986-4453
billrehm@comcast.net

Representative Mimi Stewart
(505) 986-4840
mstewart@osogrande.com

Representative Thomas E. Swisstack
(505) 986-4254
tswiss1@msn.com

Representative Gloria C. Vaughn
(505) 986-4453

Representative Eric A. Youngberg
(505) 986-4226
eric.youngberg@nmlegis.gov

Representative Theresa A. Zanetti
(505) 986-4451
electzanetti@comcast.net

APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

Representative Henry Kiki Saavedra, Chair
2828 2nd Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 986-4316

Representative Luciano "Lucky" Varela, Deputy Chair
(505) 986-4318

Representative Danice Picraux, Vice Chair
(505) 986-4438
danice.picraux@nmlegis.gov

Representative Ray Begaye
(505) 986-4436
ray.begaye@nmlegis.gov

Representative Richard J. Berry
(505) 986-4454
Richard.berry@nmlegis.gov

Representative Donald E. Bratton
(505) 986-4227
donbratton@valornet.com

Representative Joni Marie Gutierrez
(505) 986-4234
jonig@zianet.com

Representative John A. Heaton
(505) 986-4432
jheaton@caverns.com

Representative Rhonda S. King
(505) 986-4438

Representative Larry A. Larrangaga
(505) 986-4215
larry@larranaga.com

Representative Antonio Lujan
(505) 986-4436
alujan@zianet.com

Representative Patricia A. Lundstrom
(505) 986-4435
plundstrom@nwnmcog.com

Representative Kathy A. McCoy
(505) 986-4214
katrina@swcp.com

Representative Brian K. Moore
(505) 986-4467
brian@ranchmkt.com

Representative Nick L. Salazar
(505) 986-4433
nlsalazar@lanl.gov

Representative Don L. Tripp
(505) 986-4220
trippsdon@netscape.net

Representative Jeannette O. Wallace
(505) 986-4452
wallace@losalamos.com

Representative Peter Wirth
(505) 986-4233
peter.wirth@nmlegis.gov



   
[Thursday, February 15, 2007]
Kentucky House Bill 375, introduced by Representative Webb, has been referred to the House Committee on Local Government but has not yet been set for a hearing. It seeks to protect the rights of breeders and owners by limiting what local governments can prohibit or regulate in regards to dogs. It is vital that breeders and owners contact their representative to express their support of this measure.

HB 375 will protect responsible pet owners and breeders.

If adopted, the proposal would ban local governments from:

Prohibiting or regulating the ownership, breeding, transportation, or training of dogs used for hunting and/or field trials

Prohibiting or limiting dogs in public parks

Prohibiting or regulating service dogs in public parks or other locations

Requiring the spaying or neutering of any animal

Requiring a higher fee for licensure or ownership of an intact dog

Providing for a lower fee or tax for licensure or ownership of a dog that is spayed or neutered.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:

To contact your representative and express your support of this bill call 1-800-372-7181 and request to send a green slip to your member asking that HB 375 receive hearing in the Local Government Committee.

Click here to find your Representative.





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