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NJ Alert: Delaware Township Board of Health to Consider Ownership/Breeding Limits on October 1

(Monday, September 24, 2012)

The Delaware Township, New Jersey, Board of Health will consider for final adoption new dog ownership and breeding limits at its October 1st meeting. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs both strongly oppose this proposal. Concerned New Jersey residents are strongly encouraged to take action against this proposal.

POSITION:
The American Kennel Club strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs, including an adequate and nutritious diet, clean water, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsible human companionship, and training in appropriate behavior. The AKC also supports 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.

ISSUES WITH THE PROPOSAL:
Several aspects of the proposal are troublesome to the American Kennel Club, including:

  • Limiting the maximum number of dogs allowed per household. If adopted, the new law will allow no more than six intact dogs over seven months of age to be kept. While the AKC appreciates the inclusion of a grandfather provision that allows dogs currently kept in amount over the proposed limit to remain with their owners (notwithstanding inconsistent language between the proposed individual dog limit and the grandfather provision), the AKC opposes limits on dog ownership and believes that strong enforcement of general animal control and cruelty laws are more effective solutions than arbitrary restrictions on responsible dog owners.
  • Restricting the maximum number of litters per household to two litters within any 24-month period. The AKC believes that restrictions on the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously and who are not problems for their community create potentially unreasonable burdens for them while doing little to improve the quality of life for either dogs or people in Delaware Twp.
  • Prefacing the proposal with problematic legislative findings that do not represent significant impacts on the public health and safety. Relying on scientifically-unreliable or unsubstantiated findings does not provide justification for limiting property rights of responsible breeders.

To view the proposal, click here.

TAKE ACTION:
It is imperative that concerned New Jersey residents write, call, or fax the Delaware Township Board of Health. Politely yet strongly urge them to NOT MOVE ORDINANCE #2012-10 BH FORWARD.

Delaware Township Board of Health
570 Rosemont-Ringoes Road
PO Box 500
Sergeantsville, NJ 08557
Phone: (609) 397-3240 (Ext. 202 to Board of Health Secretary Danene Gooding)
Fax: (609) 397-4893

Delaware Township residents and other concerned New Jersey residents are also encouraged to attend the October 1st meeting to the Delaware Township Board of Health. Respectfully express to the Board your opposition to the proposal, and urge them to not move the proposal forward.

Delaware Township Board of Health Regular Meeting
Monday, October 1, 2012
7:30PM
Delaware Township Municipal Building
570 Rosemont-Ringoes Rd. (County Rd. 604)
Sergeantsville, NJ 08557

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org; or contact the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs at taadeutsch@yahoo.com.