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The American Kennel Club (AKC) and our Texas federation of owners, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA), remain deeply concerned with the proposed changes to San Antonio's animal ordinance. The proposed ordinance is unreasonable, unenforceable, and unfairly penalizes responsible dog breeders and owners. For example, if adopted, the new law will impose many burdensome restrictions, including: classifying most kennels as a “commercial kennel” and imposing considerable regulations upon such facilities; mandating the spay/neuter of all dogs, or requiring owners to purchase an intact dog permit; requiring breeders to obtain a $50 litter permit prior to or within ten days of a litter's birth; and requiring owners to purchase a permit and spay/neuter for all animals in excess of established pet limits.

San Antonio's City Council will consider this onerous proposal on Wednesday, October 17, in a “B Session” meeting. No testimony from the public will be allowed at this meeting. Representatives of RPOA will be in attendance and will report on any and all developments. A vote may be taken by San Antonio's City Council by month's end.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Action is needed now! As the owner of a dog registered with the AKC, it is vitally important that you fax, call, or e-mail San Antonio's Mayor and City Council to express your opposition to this proposal. Mail all letters to:

[Recipient]
City of San Antonio
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283

Mayor Phil Hardberger
Phone: (210) 207-7060
Fax: (210) 207-4168
E-mail: phardberger@sanantonio.gov

City Manager Sheryl Sculley
Phone: (210) 207-7080
Fax: (210) 207-4217
E-mail: citymanager@sanantonio.gov

Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros
Phone: (210) 207-7279
Fax: (210) 207- 6931
E-mail: maryalice.cisneros@sanantonio.gov

Councilwoman Sheila McNeil
Phone: (210) 207-7278
Fax: (210) 207-4496
E-mail: district2@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Roland Gutierrez
Phone: (210) 207-7064
Fax: (210) 534-1931
E-mail: district3@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Philip Cortez
Phone: (210) 207-7281
Fax: (210) 678-0099
E-mail: district4@sanantonio.gov

Councilwoman Lourdes Galvan
Phone: (210) 207-7043
Fax: (210) 212-4860
E-mail: district5@sanantonio.gov

Councilwoman Delicia Herrera
Phone: (210) 207-7065
Fax: (210) 207-8760
E-mail: district6@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Justin Rodriguez
Phone: (210) 207-7044
Fax: (210) 207-8181
E-mail: district7@sanantonio.gov

Councilwoman Diane Cibrian
Phone: (210) 207-7086
Fax: (210) 949-0439
E-mail: diane.cibrian@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Kevin Wolff
Phone: (210) 207-7325
Fax: (210) 341-2092
E-mail: kwolff@sanantonio.gov

Councilman John Clamp
Phone: (210) 207-7276
Fax: (210) 207-8777
E-mail: john.clamp@sanantonio.gov
 

For more information, please contact AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org; or contact the RPOA at http://www.responsiblepetowners.org/, or e-mail rpoa@texas.net.
 

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