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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve an ordinance yesterday that requires all dogs, except those that are law enforcement dogs, service dogs or that qualify as “competition” dogs to be spayed or neutered. The ordinance will go into effect June 3rd. For more details please read our previous alert on this issue or contact Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control at (562) 728-4882.

The Board of Supervisors has also sent a letter to the mayors in each of the 88 cities located within Los Angeles County encouraging them to adopt similar ordinances. Residents of these cities are encouraged to monitor their city council agenda's for these types of proposals.

All Californians should be aware that other counties and cities are likely to try and implement similar ordinances.  Please contact AKC if a similar proposal is being considered in your area. We can be reached at or (919) 816-3720.

Below we have listed communities that we know are pursuing mandatory spay/neuter and other ordinances which restrict the rights of breeders and dog owners.

Riverside County
Riverside County Department of Animal Service Director has announced that he is asking the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to consider a similar ordinance. County counsel is still in the process of drafting the ordinance. Please watch AKC's website for further updates.

Sacramento County
In February, supervisors directed staff to draft an ordinance that will implement a $200 intact animal fee and a $50 intact animal fee for “show dogs.” To qualify for the $50 fee owners would have to be members of a breed or kennel cub, demonstrate that each animal is registered with a recognized registry, and compete in two show events per year. To find out more about this proposal, please see our Legislative Alert.

City of Berkeley
The Berkeley Citizens Humane Commission will review a draft of an ordinance to require “pit bull” owners in the city to spay or neuter their dogs unless they obtain a $100 breeding permit and comply with a host of regulations. The ordinance defines “pit bulls” as American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and any dog displaying the physical traits of these breeds. For more on the situation in Berkeley and what you can do to help, please read our Legislative Alert.


For more information, please contact:

AKC Canine Legislation Department
(919) 816-3720

California Federation of Dog Clubs
Susan Gioia, President
800-949-3746, ext. 106
760-471-5277 (fax)

Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs
Joan Gibson-Reed, Legislative Coordinator

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve an ordinance yesterday that…