AKC Government Relations has learned that the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is scheduled to consider...
AKC Government Relations has learned that the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is scheduled to consider a proposal TOMORROW (September 16) that would institute a mandatory spay/neuter law, hobby/show breeder permits, and numerous other provisions that would violate the rights of responsible dog owners.
It is essential that all responsible dog owners and breeders who reside in St. Louis or are members of St. Louis clubs attend tomorrow’s hearing and contact the board TODAY and ask them to oppose Board Bill 107.
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: St. Louis City Hall
Board of Alderman Chambers, Room 230
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Scroll down for the board’s contact information
Board Bill 107 makes numerous changes to its animal control ordinances, including:
Mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs in city limits – Should the proposal pass, owners of intact dogs would have one year to get their dog sterilized and microchipped. This is also applicable for any dog remaining in St. Louis for more than 30 days. If a dog is not sterilized, an owner will be given 60 days to comply. It appears that exemptions will be made for those who have a hobby/show breeder or commercial breeder license.
New hobby/show breeder definition and permit – A hobby/show breeder would now be defined as those who have up to 2 intact female dogs or cats (current law allows for up to 10 intact females), breed for the primary purpose of exhibiting or showing dogs or cats and only sell to other breeders or individuals. To be a hobby/show breeder, you must purchase an annual permit (the cost is not mentioned in the bill), and be inspected each year for an additional $200.
New commercial kennel permit – Those who do not qualify for a hobby/show breeder license may apply for a commercial kennel permit. Current law defines a “commercial kennel” as anyone who is “engaged in the business of breeding” and owns at least one intact female “intended for breeding”. This bill adds the requirement that a commercial breeder must also be licensed with the Missouri Department of Agriculture in order to be a commercial breeder. The AKC believes it is unreasonable to require someone who may just breed one litter and own one intact female to comply with the same licensing and regulatory requirements as large-scale, commercial kennels.
Ownership limits for breeders – Current law allows a resident to own up to four domestic animals, or up to eight with a “noncommercial kennel permit”. Under this bill, those same limits would apply to the hobby/show breeder and commercial kennel licensees.
Board Bill 107 was passed by committee in late July and expected to be considered in September after the board returned from summer recess. AKC GR alerted local residents of the bill in July and asked them to contact the Board of Alderman during the board’s summer break. AKC GR has also contacted the board and expressed numerous concerns with the bill as introduced. Read the AKC’s letter to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Board of Aldermen Contact Information:
Charles Troupe (Ward 1): firstname.lastname@example.org
Dionne Flowers (Ward 2): email@example.com
Samuel L. Moore (Ward 4): firstname.lastname@example.org
April Ford-Griffin (Ward 5): email@example.com
Kacie Starr Triplett (Ward 6): firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Conway (Ward 8): email@example.com
Joseph Vollmer (Ward 10): firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions or more information, contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or email@example.com.