Issues at the City, County, and Metropolitan Levels, and in US Territories
CA, Kern County – The Kern County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal from the Kern County Animal Services Commission that would institute an increased licensing regime in Kern County with severe penalties for a first violation. Current law already requires an unaltered dog permit. Under the proposal, failure to license an unaltered dog could lead to mandatory spay/neuter on one violation of related animal control laws. AKC continues to be in communication with officials from Kern County and is working with numerous local club members to address concerns. Read more.
TX, Kingsville – The City of Kingsville has introduced an ordinance that will mandate spay and neuter for any dog found at large. The ordinance includes exemptions for negligent third-party acts, breed club members, all breed club members and any dog that has participated in a show in the previous 6 months. A letter was sent to the City Council and City Manager requesting additional amendments.