California Spay/Neuter Bill Withdrawn

Continued debate on the proposed mandatory spay/neuter legislation proved too much for it to survive in the state Senate.

Posted: July 12, 2007, 5 a.m EST

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The California Healthy Pets Act was withdrawn because of a lack of support
Controversy and dwindling support caused the California Healthy Pets Act (AB 1634) to be withdrawn until next year.
Assemblyman Lloyd Levine withdrew the controversial California Healthy Pets Act (AB 1634) today after it became clear he would not garner enough votes for it from the state Senate’s Local Government Committee, according to a spokesperson from his office.

Saying the bill was well-intended but flawed from the start, the American Kennel Club praised this development.

“AB 1634 was nothing more than an attempt to penalize responsible dog and cat owners who are not to blame for any purported pet population issues in California,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC’s president and CEO. “Today’s developments ensure that their fundamental rights and liberties remain intact.”

The bill, which would have mandated the spaying or neutering of most dogs and cats in California—exceptions were granted for show and work animals—was introduced in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals abandoned and euthanized in the state.

The state Assembly passed the bill, narrowly, but support for it continued to crumble when the California Veterinary Medical Association quietly withdrew its support of the legislation earlier this month.

Despite the setback, Levine’s office plans to “re-group,” continue work on the bill and bring it back to the Legislature’s attention next year, the spokesperson said.

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John    Cupertino, CA

2/24/2009 11:43:27 AM

This is really sad. I live in California, and believe that all pets should be spayed/neutereud.

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

7/12/2007 7:12:19 PM

Hopefully when it is introduced it will be remodeled to be more acceptable to all.

Cathy    Port Jefferson Station, NY

7/12/2007 12:37:52 PM

I am surprised. You would think that California would pass such a bill. I guess California is no longer a progressive state! In this day and age a bill like that should be passed!.

Nikki    Chicago, IL

7/12/2007 8:30:57 AM

Why don't our politicians just take the rest of the next two years off? They seem to be waiting for something ....

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