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IN Alert: City of Marion to Discuss Mandatory Spay/Neuter on Jan. 7

(Thursday, December 19, 2013)
AKC Government Relations understands that a Marion City Council Rules Subcommittee has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, January 7, to discuss a possible mandatory spay/neuter proposal for the city. It is believed that this proposal is an attempt to address shelter population issues in Marion.

Although a draft is not yet available, items that have been discussed include requiring all dogs and cats over six months of age to be sterilized unless the owner purchases a breeding license and complies with numerous regulations. Media reports indicate that other provisions may include limits on the number of females bred in a year and the number of dogs and cats that may be owned.

Residents are strongly encouraged to consider attending the January 7 meeting and express your opposition to this proposal. Although the discussion is currently residing with a subcommittee, please also consider contacting the Marion City Council and ask them to not support any measure that would punish responsible dog owners and breeders.

Talking Points:

Visit the AKC Government Relations Resources page and scroll down to “Mandatory Spay/Neuter” to find talking points and sample letters.

Meeting Information:

Marion City Council Rules Subcommittee
Tuesday, January 7, 2013
5:00 pm
City Council Chambers
301 S. Branson Street
Marion, Indiana

City Council Contact Information:

Councilman Fred Troxxel (Ward 1)
Phone: (765) 664-3019
E-mail: ftroxxel@marionindiana.us

Councilwoman Madonna French (Ward 2)
Phone: (765) 661-4969
E-mail: madonnafrench1@gmail.com

Councilman Jim Brunner (Ward 3)
Phone: (765) 664-9521
E-mail: jimmyb@wbat.com

Councilman Henry Smith (Ward 4)
Phone: (765) 662-1674
E-mail: hsmith@marion.k12.in.us

Councilman Don Batchelor (Ward 5)
Phone: (765) 662-2718
E-mail: dbatchelor@marion.k12.in.us

Councilman Reggie Nevels (Ward 6)
Phone: (765) 671-4410
E-mail: renevels@grantcount.net

Councilman Paul Thompson, Jr. (Councilman At-Large)
Phone: (765) 664-5403
E-mail: paulthompson@marionindiana.us

Councilwoman Joselyn Whitticker (Councilwoman At-Large)
Phone: (765) 662-2680
E-mail: jwhitticker@marionindiana.us

Councilman Brad Luzadder (Councilman At-Large)
Phone: (765) 206-8168
E-mail: bluzadder@gmail.com

The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department (AKC GR) and AKC’s Indiana federation the Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance are also contacting the council and continuing to work with local fanciers on this issue. For more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.