Cats, Dogs Could Face Sterilization Under ?3 Strikes? Bill

Controversial pet legislation in California passes another hurdle by narrow vote.

By Soraya Gutierrez | Posted: June 26, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Three strikes, and your pet is altered.

The “3 Strikes Spaying and Neutering Bill,” formerly known as the California Healthy Pets Act, would force cat and dog owners to spay or neuter their pets if animal control officers come to know them too well.

On Wednesday, the Senate Local Government Committee voted 3-2 for legislation that would mandate sterilization of dogs if they have three offenses involving animal control authorities and sterilization for cats who have two offenses. For each visit by an animal control officer in response to complaints of roaming animals, unlicensed pets and/or animal bites, an offense will be counted.

The bill, AB 1634, by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, is an altered version of an earlier effort that failed in the Legislature. The original bill forced statewide mandatory neutering of all cats and dogs, with some exemptions.

The next hurdle for the bill to clear is the Senate Appropriations Committee.

For more on AB 1634, click here.

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Cathy    Hubbard, OH

6/26/2008 5:14:02 AM

I think this is a great idea.

Tanya    Paden City, WV

6/26/2008 3:41:54 AM

Hey! This is great!! I totally agree with this new law!!! You have my hopes and prayers that it passes the Senate Appropriations Committee!!!! I just wish that my 'backwoods' state would do a little more for ALL the animals. I get so upset because of the things that people get away with doing to animals, and they don't even get a ticket or a fine or anything!!! Well, maybe one of these years my state will 'catch up' to the rest of the country (Or the World, in some cases ...) and actually punish animal abuser!!!!
Thanks to ALL for the article!
Love ya
Tanya & the FAMILY

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