LA County Releases Details of Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal

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The Los Angeles County Animal Board of Supervisors will meet April 18th to discuss their proposal to require all dogs to be spayed or neutered unless their owner purchases a $60 intact animal license (currently $30) and meets the stringent criteria established by the county. The measure further requires all dogs, whether sterilized or intact, to be microchipped and increases the fee to license a sterilized animal from $15 to $20. A first violation will result in a fine not to exceed $250 and a second violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.

To be eligible for an unaltered dog license, a dog must be a law enforcement dog, a qualified service/assistance animal or a "competition dog." A "competition dog" must be registered with the AKC, UKC, ADBA or other valid registry approved by the Animal Care and Control department. Competition dogs must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • The dog has competed in at least one dog show or sporting competition in the past year.
     
  • The dog has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working or other title from a purebred registry as recognized by Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control.
     
  • The owner is a member of a purebred dog breed club, approved by the county which maintains and enforces a code of ethics that includes restrictions from breeding dogs with genetic defects and life threatening health problems that commonly threaten the breed.


Breeders are required to notify the animal control department within thirty days of a litter being whelped and must provide the name, address and telephone number of the new owner.

A license can be revoked or denied by the department for any of the following; upon receipt of one sworn complaint, if the owner has been cited for any violation of a state or local animal control law, or if the dog is deemed dangerous. Owners whose applications are denied or whose license is revoked are entitled to a hearing, which would be conducted by a hearing officer appointed by the animal control department.

The American Kennel Club encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs if they do not want to participate in AKC conformation events or engage in responsible breeding programs. Through our public education department we support programs dedicated to educating the pet buying public on how to find a responsible breeder and how to make well-informed decisions when obtaining a dog. Such programs help to ensure that pet purchasers find a puppy or dog that is a good fit for their lifestyle, at an appropriate time in their lives, thereby increasing the likelihood that the animal will stay with the owners its entire life.

These methods, coupled with strongly enforced animal control laws (such as leash laws) and increased public education efforts are the most effective ways to address irresponsible dog owners while at the same time reducing shelter numbers and improving public safety. To the contrary, mandatory spay/neuter ordinances are extremely difficult to enforce, can be evaded by irresponsible animal owners, and punish responsible breeders who raise purebred dogs for their enjoyment of the sport. They also negatively impact owners who keep intact animals not to breed, but to participate in conformation and performance events.

Concerned dog owners are encouraged to contact their supervisor as soon as possible to voice their concerns. For talking points on opposing mandatory spay/neuter please click here.


What You Can Do:

  • Attend the Board of Supervisors meeting April 18th at 9:30am
    383 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
    500 W. Temple Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
     
  • Contact the County Board of Supervisors to express your opposition. To find out who represent you on the Board of Supervisors click here: http://regrec.co.la.ca.us/district/.
     

    Supervisor Gloria Molina (District 1)
    856 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
    500 West Temple Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: (213) 974-4111
    Fax: (213) 613-1739
    E-mail: Molina@bos.co.la.ca.us

    Supervisor Yvonne Burke (District 2) 
    866 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
    500 West Temple Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: (213) 974-2222
    Fax: (213) 680-3283
    E-mail: seconddistrict@lacbos.org

    Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (District 3)
    821 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
    500 W. Temple St.,
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: (213) 974-3333
    Fax: (213) 625-7360
    E-mail zev@lacbos.org

    Supervisor Don Knabe (District 4) 
    822 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration,
    500 West Temple Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: (213) 974-4444
    Fax: (213) 626-6941
    E-mail: jdoe@lacbos.org

    Mayor Michael D. Antonovich (District 5)
    869 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
    500 West Temple Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: (213) 974-5555
    Fax: (213) 974-1010 fax
    E-mail: fifthdistrict@bos.co.la.ca.us
     

  • For more information please contact
     

    California Federation of Dog Clubs
    Susan Gioia, President
    800-949-3746, ext. 106
    760-471-5277 (fax)
    shojudge@yahoo.com

    Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs
    Joan Gibson-Reed, Legislative Coordinator
    Jgrcorgis@aol.com

    AKC Canine Legislation Department
    (919) 816-3720
    doglaw@akc.org