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[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

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