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On Wednesday, May 17, 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.

No vote was taken in this meeting, but the proposal has been rereferred to the Kern County Animal Services Commission’s Subcommittee for revisions. The AKC thanks the members of the Commission for their efforts and appreciates their attention to ensuring appropriate policy is ultimately adopted.

Also, AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) thanks all who took the time to comment on this proposal. Your involvement in this lengthy process helps to ensure any legislative changes include the voices of responsible dog owners.

While no action is needed at this time, AKC GR will provide updates as warranted on next steps in the coming weeks. If you would like to comment or share your thoughts, please contact us at the email address listed below.

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