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Last week, the Kern County Animal Services Commission reconsidered a proposed ordinance that seeks to further the licensing burden on dog owners in Kern County, and could lead to mandatory spay/neuter for one violation of animal control laws.  While some concerns remain, there were some amendments requested by AKC and local club members that were included.

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) again thanks all who took the time to comment on this proposal. Your involvement in this lengthy process continues to help ensure that the final proposal includes the voices of responsible dog owners.

The Kern County Animal Services Commission voted to send the proposal to the Kern County Board of Supervisors, and AKC expects the Kern County Board of Supervisors to act on the proposal in 2-3 months.  No action is needed at this time.  AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will provide updates as warranted on next steps in the coming weeks.

The proposal was revised to include input from AKC—specifically making it less burdensome on dog breeders and licensed dog owners.  Now those who do purchase an intact animal permit will not be subject to mandatory sterilization unless they commit three verified violations of the animal control laws within 36 months.   In addition, amendments clarified an important concern raised by local club members that could have required a young puppy to obtain a rabies vaccination before an appropriate age.

However, the proposal does include penalties that could see an unlicensed, intact dog subject to mandatory spay/neuter for one minor violation, including for leash law incidents or having a dog at large.

AKC Government Relations continues to monitor proposals in California impacting dog owners and will provide updates.  For questions or more information on California state or local policy proposals, contact AKC GR at