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A fast-moving proposal in Stanislaus County could severely impact the breeding rights of local fanciers. The proposed ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, November 30 at 9:35 AM. If enacted, the ordinance would:

  • Require owners to obtain a $100 annual license for intact dogs or cats over the age of four months.
  • Require breeders to purchase a $100 breeding permit and would limit them to no more than one litter per year. Breeders must include their permit number in any puppy sale advertisements. Breeding permit holders are further required to microchip their dogs or cats and register them with the Department of Animal Services.
  • Direct breeders to contact the Department of Animal Services with the contact information of the animal's new owner within five days of the sale or transfer.

Any owner or breeder found in violation of these provisions must correct the matter by providing proof of microchipping or sterilization or be subject to a $500 fine. If the fine is not paid within 15 days additional penalties will be imposed. Failure to include permit numbers in any advertisement for sale or transfer is punishable by a $100 fine for the first occurrence, $200 for the second offense and $300.00 for each subsequent offense.

The AKC opposes the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans and mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs. Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of responsible breeders and owners.

The provisions of this ordinance will unfairly impact responsible hobby breeders. If these proposed breeding regulations are enacted, small breeders may be forced out of existence, denying puppy purchasers a conscientious, knowledgeable, source of purebred dogs. Additionally, hundreds of fanciers who show but do not breed their unaltered animals may have no choice but to give up their enjoyment in the sport. Your immediate assistance is needed to fight this legislation!

What You Can Do:

It is crucial for Stanislaus County fanciers to attend the hearing on November 30th to express their opposition to this ordinance.

Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
1010 Tenth Street
Suite 6500
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-525-4494
Fax: 209-525-4410

For those who are unable to attend, convey your concerns in letters, emails or phone calls to the County Board of Supervisors.

Paul Caruso – Board Chairman –

Pat Paul – Board Vice Chair –

Jeff Grover –

Thomas Mayfield –

Ray Simon –

For more information, contact:

The Animal Council

AKC's Canine Legislation Department

A fast-moving proposal in Stanislaus County could severely impact the breeding rights of local…