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FL MSN Bill to be Considered Tuesday, March 24!

(Monday, March 23, 2009)

Late Friday, Florida House Bill 451 was added to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee’s agenda for Tuesday, March 24. The committee will consider the bill at 8:00 AM in Reed Hall, 102 HOB, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. HB 451 would require the mandatory sterilization of every dog and cat over four months of age, unless they meet strict criteria for exemption. In mid-February, several media outlets reported that HB 451 sponsor Representative Scott Randolph stated that he intended to issue a "strike all amendment" to replace the original bill with new language. However, such language has not yet been provided. Therefore, it is vitally important that all concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in Florida call, fax, or e-mail the members of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee and let them know that you strongly oppose this legislation.

The American Kennel Club opposes the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans, or the mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs. Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously. Additionally, we strongly support and actively promote a wide range of programs to educate the public about responsible breeding practices and the responsibilities of dog ownership. AKC believes that any attempt at restricting the rights and liberties of responsible breeders—especially via mandatory spay/neuter laws—must be defeated.

As introduced, HB 451 would:

  • Require owners of every dog or cat in Florida to have each animal sterilized within 30 days of the animal reaching four months of age, or within 30 days of the owner receiving the animal.
  • Provide ambiguous exemptions, including dogs with veterinary certification showing that sterilization would endanger the animal’s health, until such issues no longer exist; Greyhounds currently used for racing, until retirement; show animals registered with an established breed registration organization to be approved by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; dogs or cats that have earned, or are in the process of earning, a competitive sports title; animals trained, or in training, for use in law enforcement, military, or rescue; and animals for which an owner holds a valid breeding permit issued in accordance with an ordinance of a county or municipality.

What You Can Do:

Concerned Floridians should contact the members of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee. Respectfully yet strongly let them know that you oppose mandatory spay/neuter laws, just as HB 451 demands.

Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee:

Rep. Trudi K. Williams, Chair
303 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-2047
To e-mail Representative Williams, click here.

Rep. Ralph Poppell, Vice Chair
222 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-3006
To e-mail Representative Poppell, click here.

Rep. Mary Brandenburg
402 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0260
To e-mail Representative Brandenburg, click here.

Rep. Leonard Bembry
1003 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-7870
To e-mail Representative Bembry, click here.

Rep. Debbie Boyd
1003 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-9835
To e-mail Representative Boyd, click here.

Rep. DwightBullard
1401 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-5430
To e-mail Representative Bullard, click here.

Rep. Rachel Burgin
317 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-9910
To e-mail Representative Burgin, click here.

Rep. Steve Crisafulli
317 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-4669
To e-mail Representative Crisafulli, click here.

Rep. Faye Culp
1102 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-2770
To e-mail Representative Culp, click here.

Rep. Brad Drake
313 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-4726
To e-mail Representative Drake, click here.

Rep. Greg Evers
218 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-8188
To e-mail Representative Evers, click here.

Rep. Richard "Rich" Glorioso
222 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0807
To e-mail Representative Glorioso, click here.

Rep. Mia Jones
1402 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-6893
To e-mail Representative Jones, click here.

Rep. Debbie Mayfield
317 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0952
To e-mail Representative Mayfield, click here.

Rep. Mark Pafford
1401 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0175
To e-mail Representative Pafford, click here.

Rep. Jimmy Patronis
1301 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-9696
To e-mail Representative Patronis, click here.

Rep. Ronald Renuart
317 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0001
To e-mail Representative Renaurt, click here.

Rep. Ron Schultz
210 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0805
To e-mail Representative Schultz, click here.

To see AKC’s original post on HB 451, click here.

For a copy of the AKC’s Disagree Diplomatically brochure, please click here.

For more information, please contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.