California Spay-Neuter Bill Moves Forward

The bill, AB 1634, will make spay and neuter surgeries mandatory for most cats and dogs, if it passes.

Posted: April 27, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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After undergoing several revisions, a California bill requiring most cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered has cleared its first hurdle.

On April 24, the California Assembly’s Business and Professions Committee approved the legislation along party lines, 7-2, with the Democrats in favor and Republicans against.

The spay-neuter bill, AB 1634, sponsored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), would require most cats and dogs in the state to be sterilized before they’re five months old. Owners found in violation would be subject to a $500 fine.

Before the vote, the Business and Professions Committee added provisions to the bill giving exemptions to show pets, police and guide dogs and unaltered pets owned by out-of-state visitors.

The revised bill now contains 20 exceptions to the law, including cats and dogs that veterinarians say should not undergo the surgery because of age, illness or poor health.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee will review the spay-neuter bill next.

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Marlena    Venice, FL

11/4/2007 7:12:59 AM

If you are an animal lover and are against any spay/neuter program - then just go online and do some searches on adopting a pet from a shelter. What you will find is thousands upon thousands of innocent faces looking for a home. It is heart breaking and so we MUST do something to stop this growing population of unwanted animals! Sorry if this steps on a few toes - but I say let's put animals first for a change!

GW    PALM SPRINGS, CA

9/3/2007 4:08:37 PM

YES, THIS BILL DEFINITLY NEEDS TO BE PASSED AND PUT INTO STATE LAW IN CALIFORNIA--FOR THE ONES AGAINST THIS---START TAKEING A RESPONSIBILITY ON THE SPAY AND NEUTER OF YOUR DOGS AND CATS!!!!!!! NO,A FINE WILL DO NO GOOD--PEOPLE JUST WONT'T PAY IT--GARNISH THEIR WAGES OR PUT THEM IN JAIL--I'M A NATIVE OF CALIFORNIA,AND HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH NEGLEGENCE WITH PEOPLE AND THEIR ANIMALS,NOT TO MENTION CRUELTY--IT'S TIME CALIFORNIA STOOD UP AND TOOK ACTION ON THIS AND PASS THIS BILL WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!!!!!! PEOPLE NOT TAKEING A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ANIMALS IS LIKE NOT TAKEING A RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN KIDS!!!!! END OF DISSCUSION!!!!!!!!!!

GW    PALM SPRINGS, CA

9/3/2007 4:08:14 PM

YES, THIS BILL DEFINITLY NEEDS TO BE PASSED AND PUT INTO STATE LAW IN CALIFORNIA--FOR THE ONES AGAINST THIS---START TAKEING A RESPONSIBILITY ON THE SPAY AND NEUTER OF YOUR DOGS AND CATS!!!!!!! NO,A FINE WILL DO NO GOOD--PEOPLE JUST WONT'T PAY IT--GARNISH THEIR WAGES OR PUT THEM IN JAIL--I'M A NATIVE OF CALIFORNIA,AND HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH NEGLEGENCE WITH PEOPLE AND THEIR ANIMALS,NOT TO MENTION CRUELTY--IT'S TIME CALIFORNIA STOOD UP AND TOOK ACTION ON THIS AND PASS THIS BILL WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!!!!!! PEOPLE NOT TAKEING A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ANIMALS IS LIKE NOT TAKEING A RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN KIDS!!!!! END OF DISSCUSION!!!!!!!!!!

Rafael Urgelles    San Bernardino, CA

6/20/2007 10:35:27 AM

I do not agree with this bill. I understand that the number of cats and dogs killed each year is fanominal, but this does not give you the right to force reponsible pet owner to spay or nueter there pets. Just because one's dog or cat is not a show pet should not make it a mandate that it be fixed. I believe that the majority of the pets that end up in pounds come from irrisponsible pet owners who don't even bother to license their pets. These people will continue to have pets without licenses and will continue to produce unwanted pets. All this bill does is to punish responsible owners who follow the law. If this bill passes you will find that less people will license there pets in order to keep their pets from being fixed.

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