Bill Limiting Cat Ownership Moves Forward

California legislation would limit the number of intact cats, dogs a person could own.

Posted: July 21, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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California Assembly Bill 241 would prohibit any person from having more than 50 unsterilized dogs or cats kept for breeding or raised for sale as pets.
California Assembly Bill 241, a bill that would limit the number of intact dogs and cats any person could own for breeding and selling as pets, passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee last week on a vote of 4-0. It now heads to the Appropriations Committee. A hearing date has not been set.

AB 241 would prohibit any person from having more than a combined total of 50 unsterilized dogs and cats that are kept for breeding or raised for sale as pets. Those in possession of more than that would have to spay or neuter the excess animals or sell, transfer or relinquish the animals within 30 days. If necessary, any euthanasia procedures would have to be performed by a licensed veterinarian or other qualified person as pursuant to regulations adopted by the Veterinary Medical Board.

AB 241 authorizes a peace officer, humane officer or animal control officer to take possession of any animal that is kept in violation. Violators would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Assemblyman Pedro Nava, the bill’s author, on Thursday verbally agreed to amend the bill, but the text of those amendments is not yet available, according to the American Kennel Club, which remains opposed to the legislation.

The AKC said it believes that the quality of a breeder is not determined by the number of animals he or she has, but by the care the animals receive.

The AKC also said the legislation “will not improve the lives of cats and dogs, will negatively impact responsible breeders and may force result in animals being euthanized or relinquished to shelters. Concentrating animal control efforts on dogs whose behavior demonstrates that they are a problem for the community would be a much better use of taxpayer funds.”

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Stormoak    Lowell, MA

7/27/2009 5:22:48 AM

The Bill seems to rely on less is better, but I think that it should include inspection and verification of following correct treatment and husbandry. If a breeder can raise and properly care for more than 100 animals than they should be allowed as they are cost effective for the overseeing gov't body and good for the animals' well being. Having a thousand small breeders who may or may not be good makes it more difficult. Inspection and enforcement of the existing laws is a better use of gov't time and taxes than an arbitrary number cap.

JamieLyn    Howell, NJ

7/26/2009 3:43:58 AM

This is an important bill. Too many people continue to let their animals reproduce in masses, uncontrolled. Putting a number on the amount of intact animals would hopefully help quell the overpopulation.

momo    anaheim, CA

7/21/2009 11:45:25 PM


Mary    San Mateo, CA

7/21/2009 7:58:50 PM

You need to read the bill. It isn't very long. There in absolutely nothing in the bill that does what everyone thinks it does. All this bill does is limit the number of intact animals to less then 50. Above that number, the owner must spay/neuter, give up to a shelter or kill them. If they don't do one of the three, then they can be seized. Where does any of that have to do with the care, feeding and housing of the animals?? It doesn't.
California already has very good laws already on the books on neglect and abuse. If a place has over or even less then 50 animals and they are not being properly housed and fed, we have laws for that, ALREADY!!!! Get it! This bill does nothing except impose a limit on the number of animals that a person may own and has absolutely nothing to do with the care of those animals. This is a blantant violation of a person's civil rights in the guise of an emotional issue. The government can not make something a problem just by passing a law saying it is a problem.
All of you folks who think that this bill will do animals any good are sadly mistaken. The really sad part is that by the time you all figure it out, it will be too late.
Recap: This bill will not prevent neglect or abuse. There are already really good laws against neglect and abuse (if they would only enforce them). This bill will infringe on civil rights.
If you know of someone that is allowing their animals to live in filth, it is already against the law and they probably have a mental illness. Call your local code enforcement and the problem will be taken care of with laws already in place. Use the laws that already exsist and see what happens, you will be amazed.

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