Hollister, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter of Chihuahuas and Pit Bulls

The Hollister City Council has given the city attorney permission to draft an ordinance to mandate...

The Hollister City Council has given the city attorney permission to draft an ordinance to mandate the sterilization of all Chihuahuas and "pit bulls" in city limits.

This is in response to a recent report by the Hollister Animal Control stating that there has been a significant increase in shelter intake, euthanasia, and dog attacks among these breeds, although the term "pit bull" is not defined.

The AKC opposes all breed-specific and mandatory spay/neuter proposals.  These proposals are discriminatory, difficult to enforce, and fail to address the true problem of irresponsible ownership.  We encourage all responsible dog owners residing in Hollister to contact city officials and respectfully request they not move forward with this proposal.

How You Can Help:

  • Contact the Mayor, Vice Mayor, and council members and respectfully express your opposition to the mandatory sterilization of specific breeds.

Click here for talking points on mandatory spay/neuter policies.

Click here for talking points on breed-specific legislation.

Contact information is as follows:

Mailing address for all city officials:
The Honorable _______ (Insert Name)
City of Hollister
375 Fifth Street
Hollister, CA 95023

Mayor Victor Gomez
Phone: (831) 245-6446
E-mail: victor.gomez@hollister.ca.gov

Vice Mayor Pauline Valdivia (Also represents District 3)
Phone: (831) 637-9275
E-mail: jantano@aol.com

Council Member Ray Friend (District 1)
Phone: (831) 419-1984
E-mail: rmfriend3@yahoo.com

Council Member Eugenia Sanchez (District 2)
Phone: (831) 801-9057
E-mail: es@eugeniasanchez.com

Council Member Doug Emerson (District 4)
Phone: (831) 637-8399
E-mail: dae11dae@pacbell.net


For more information, contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.