All Pets In L.A. Must Be Sterilized.

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Los Angeles Mayor Signs Law Requiring Sterilization for All Pets
Tuesday, February 26, 2008


LOS ANGELES — It's now the law, pet owners who live in Los Angeles must have their dogs and cats sterilized by the time the animals are 4 months old.

The ordinance, signed into effect Tuesday by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the thousands of animals that are euthanized in the city's animal shelters every year.

"We will, sooner rather than later, become a no-kill city and this is the greatest step in that direction," Councilman Tony Cardenas said as he held a kitten at a City Hall news conference.

One of the ordinance's sponsors, Councilman Richard Alatorre, brought his two pet Chihuahuas to the event to be neutered.

The ordinance does exempt some animals, including those that have competed in shows or sporting competitions, guide dogs, animals used by police agencies and those belonging to professional breeders.

The average pet owner, however, must have their dog or cat spayed or neutered by the time it reaches 4 months of age (as late as 6 months with a letter from a veterinarian).

First time offenders will receive information on subsidized sterilization services and be given an additional 60 days. If they still fail to comply they could be fined $100 and ordered to serve eight hours of community service. A subsequent offense could result in a $500 fine or 40 hours of community service.


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Los Angeles animal shelters took in 50,000 cats and dogs last year and euthanized approximately 15,000 at a cost of $2 million, according to city officials.

Longtime animal-sterilization advocate Bob Barker of "Price is Right" fame pushed for the law's adoption and was among those at Tuesday's news conference.

"The next time that you hear me say, 'Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered,' I can add, 'It's the law in Los Angeles,"' a jubilant Barker said.

Minus four members, the council voted 10-1 in favor of the ordinance. A second vote on the measure is required before it can become a city law.
 

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How many dogs compete and therefore exempt before they are 4 months old?

(pssst, a hint: 0, nada, nil, zippo)
 

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:smiley_rotflmao: Ya you got that right. So now what??? What county is going to be next? This is not going to stop all those dogs that end up in shelters because stupid people didn't realize what it takes to properly care for a dog. And instead of trying to fix a behavior problem just dumping them. :smiley_rotflmao:
 

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So this only affects dogs apparently, beings you don't register cats.
 

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One good thing about it is breeders should get a premium now.

Just trying to make lemonade :smiley_rotflmao:
 

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so what now....no more "mutts".......now all dogs will be stricktly pure breeds only? No more, "Hey mom the neighbors dog just had puppies...pleeeezee can we have one"....I think there were other way's of handling that problem...IMO. I happen to be the proud owner of a mutt. :smiley_rotflmao: Maybe Im missing something here?
 

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I'm pretty sure they have an exemption for "working" dogs. The argument can be made that a working dog includes hunting dogs.
 

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The ordinance puts it up to the animal control people to promulgate specific guidelines for determining the criteria for working and competing dogs. I have not seen these yet.
 

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This is just another opportunity to demonstrate that no brains are required to be a politician (local or otherwise). Does anyone have any more half baked ideas to share?
 

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:smiley_rotflmao: Ya you got that right. So now what??? What county is going to be next? This is not going to stop all those dogs that end up in shelters because stupid people didn't realize what it takes to properly care for a dog. And instead of trying to fix a behavior problem just dumping them. :smiley_rotflmao:

Coming soon to your county--because L.A. County Animal Control ALREADY has this law in effect.
 

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I'm absolutely convinced that L.A. did the research to forecast the cost of this program and determined that this law is the most cost effective way of reducing the problem of dealing with stray dogs. Yes, I'm sure.
O.K., Mr. Mayor, now that the stray pet problem is on the mend, care to tackle the gang and illegal immigrant problem in L.A. now? After all, those issues pale in comparison to the seriousness of stray pets. Let's see, you've had a recent photo op to show us how you're singe-handedly reducing surface street gridlock so that a driver only spends 10 minutes to drive two miles as opposed to the 11 minutes it used to take. And now this stunning success. Dude, you're on a major roll. Quick, take the bar exam again and see if you get lucky this time.
 

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The only cost analysis done was on the amount of money AR groups would put in the council members' campaign coffers.

There will not be a decrease in the number of shelters. The payroll would need to go up if they actually intend to enforce the law. Since most of the dogs in LA are not licensed, this will have little effect except on those that were already acting responsible. It will have no effect in East LA and such areas where the problem is greatest.
 

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Clearly, this is a hot button issue. So much so that a Southwest Riverside County newspaper (The Daily Californian) ran a page A1 "correction" to an item originally run on page A-14 the previous day (8/27/2008). In the correction, the editor of the North County Times, of which the Daily Californian is an edition, stated that the editor responsible had been fired and another editor had been suspended. Here is an image of the offending article...
The Daily Californian "The Back Page" A-14 Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

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He actually strangled a kitten at a news conference? Wow.

I don't know if he really did or not, but an editor got fired for saing he did...
 

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Here is the ordinance as passed:

ORDINANCE NO.
179615
An ordinance amending Subsection :)thumbs-up-ani: of Section 53.15.2 of the Los Angeles
Municipal Code to require all dogs and cats within the City of Los Angeles to be spayed
or neutered unless the owner has obtained a breeding permit or unless the dog or cat is
exempt by reason of one of the listed exemptions and is implanted with an animal
identification device and to establish a Spay/Neuter Advisory Committee to advise the
Board of Animal Services Commissioners on the impact of the spay/neuter policies on
the City's low income residents.
WHEREAS, tens of thousands of unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats are
euthanized every year; and
WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance attempts to decrease the number of these
unwanted pets in a humane way by requiring that all dogs and cats be spayed or
neutered; and
WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance exempts show dogs, working dogs and
service dogs, as well as cats and dogs who have a breeding permit from the City,
without regard to whether the animal is a purebred or mutt; and
WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance will also allow a veterinarian to determine
the best time to spay or neuter a cat or dog under their care based on the health of the
animal,
NOW THEREFORE,
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
DO ORDAIN AS FOllOWS:
Section 1. Subsection :)thumbs-up-ani: of Section 53.15.2 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code
is amended to read:
:)smiley-eatin-popcorn: Intact Dogs and Cats:
(1) No person who owns a cat over the age of four months shall cause,
permit, or allow the cat to be in a public place unsupervised, unless the cat is
spayed or neutered. The term public place shall include, but not be limited to,
streets, highways, sidewalks, carnivals, shopping malls, flea markets,
boardwalks, and areas in front of commercial establishments. This requirement
applies to all unaltered cats, whether or not their owner(s) have obtained
breeding permits pursuant to Subsection ©, below.
(2) No person, within the City of Los Angeles, shall own a dog or cat over
the age of four months that has not been spayed or neutered, unless valid written
documentation is provided to show proof that the animal is exempt from the
requirement to be spayed or neutered by reason of one of the following, and is in
compliance with Subdivisions (3) and (4) below:
A. The dog or cat is a breed approved by and is registered with a
registry or association recognized by the Department through its
Commission, whose program and practices are consistent with the humane
treatment of animals, and the dog or cat is actively used to show or
compete and has competed in at least one show or sporting competition
hosted by or under the approval of the recognized registry or association
within the last two years, or is being trained or groomed to show or compete
and is too young to have yet competed.
B. The dog has earned, or if under three years old, is actively being
trained and in the process of earning, an agility, carting, herding, protection,
rally, hunting, working, or other title from a registry or association approved
by the Department through its Commission.
C. The dog is being trained or has been appropriately trained and is
actively used in a manner that meets the definition of guide, signal or
service dog as set forth in Subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) of Section 365.5 of
the Penal Code, or the dog is enrolled in a guide, signal or service dog
breeding program administered by a person.licensed under Chapter 9.5
(commencing with Section 7200) of Division 3 of the California Business
and Professions Code.
D. The dog is appropriately trained or is in the process of being trained
and is actively used by law enforcement agencies or the military for law
enforcement, military or rescue activities.
E. The owner of the dog or cat provides a letter to the Department from
a licensed veterinarian certifying that the animal's health would be best
served by spaying or neutering after a specified date; or that due to age,
poor health, or illness it is unsafe to spay or neuter the animal; or that
arrangements have been made to spay or neuter the dog or cat within 60
days after the compliance deadline and the dog or cat is spayed or
neutered within that 60-day period. This letter shall include the veterinarian's
license number, the date by which the animal may be safely spayed or
neutered, and updated periodically as necessary. In addition, if the letter
from the licensed veterinarian certifies that arrangements have been
made to spay or neuter the dog within 60 days from the date the dog
reaches the age of four months, and the dog is spayed or neutered within
that 60-day period, the owner shall qualify for the lower license fee and
license tax for an altered dog. It shall be the owner's responsibilty to
comply with the spay/neuter provisions of this chapter, including paying
the license fee and license tax.
F. The dog or cat has a valid breeding permit issued to the owner
pursuant to Subsection © below.
(3) An unaltered dog or cat shall be implanted with an animal identification
device identifying the owner of the animaL.
(4) In addition to meeting one of the exemptions in this section, the dog
license application for an unaltered dog shall contain the information requested
by the Department, including the identification number of the implanted animal
identification device, the name and address of the owner, and the location at
which the dog wil be maintained.
(5) A license for an unaltered dog shall not be transferable, and shall not be
issued to any person under the age of eighteen years.
(6) The provisions of this subsection become operative on October 1, 2008.
However, an unaltered dog that has a valid dog license from the Department
shall not be subject to this subsection until the dog license expires, or October 1,
2009, whichever occurs first.
(7) Any person owning, possessing, harboring or having custody and
control of a cat or dog in violation of this subsection shall be given a notice to
comply and information regarding free and subsidized spay and neuter services.
If the violation is not corrected within 60 days, it shall be deemed a second
violation and in addition to correcting the violation, the person shall pay a civil
penalty in the amount of $100.00 or shall be allowed to perform eight hours of
community service. Failure to pay the civil penalty or perform the community
service and/or failure to correct the violation within the 60-day period, or any
extension of that period permitted by the Department, shall be deemed a third
violation. The Department shall impose a civil penalty in the amount of $500.00
or allow the person to perform 40 hours of community service, in addition to
spaying or neutering the dog or cat.
After July 1,2009, if after 60 days from the date of notification of a third
violation, the $500.00 civil penalty is not paid or the 40 hours of community
service is not performed and/or the owner still has not spayed/neutered his/her
dog(s) or cat(s) as required under Subsection :)smiley-eatin-popcorn: above, the continuing violation
of this subsection may also be deemed a misdemeanor.
(8) There is hereby established an Animal Services Spay/Neuter Advisory
Committee (Committee) for the purpose of advising the Board of Animal Services
Commissioners on the impact of the City's spay/neuter policies on the City's lowincome
residents. The Committee shall seek regular and systematic input on its
recommendations, especially from low-income residents.
A. The membership of the Committee shall consist of 15 persons
appointed by the City Council, with each Councilmember appointing one
person to the Committee.
B. The General Manager of the Department, or his or her designee,
shall serve as a non-voting Secretary of the Committee.
C. The Committee shall select one of its members to be the chair of the
Committee. The chair will also be the conduit between the Committee and
the Commission, and if needed, with the Mayor and the City CounciL.
D. All proceedings of the Committee shall be subject to the provisions of
California Government Code Section 54950, et seq., as amended (Brown
Act).
E. The Committee shall meet as frequently as necessary but at least
four times during the year. The meetings of the Committee may be
conducted by teleconference as provided in the Brown Act.
F. The members of the Committee shall serve without compensation,
including any travel or per diem expenses.
G. The Committee shall complete its work and dissolve by October 30,
2009.
H. The Committee shall do the following:
(1) Review the impact of the spay/neuter policies on the City's lowincome
residents.
(2) Review the number of animals spayed/neutered, total
exemptions provided, the waiting list if any for the spay/neuter services,
the amount and timing of committed funding, and recommendations for
legislative and administrative action needed to ensure that funding is
allocated promptly to qualified providers of the spay/neuter programs.
(3) Review the quality of services and accountability measures.
(4) Review challenges faced by the spay/neuter program that
impede the provision of best possible services.
(5) Make recommendations on any improvements and changes to
the spay/neuter program that will enhance its services and reduce the
financial burden of the program on residents in low-income areas.
(6) Provide a preliminary written report containing an evaluation of
the program and any recommendations to the Commission, and provide
a copy to the Mayor and the City Council by March 30, 2009, and a final
report by October 30, 2009.
Sec. 2. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this ordinance and have it
published in accordance with Council policy, either in a daily newspaper circulated
in the City of Los Angeles or by posting for ten days in three public places in the City of
Los Angeles: one copy on the bulletin board located at the Main Street entrance to the
Los Angeles City Hall; one copy on the bulletin board located at the Main Street
entrance to the Los Angeles City Hall East; and one copy on the bulletin board located
at the Temple Street entrance to the Los Angeles County Hall of Records.
I hereby certify that the foregoing ordinance was introduced at the meeting of the
Council of the City of Los Angeles FEB 01 2008, and passed at it's meeting of FEB 12 2008.
FRANK T. MARTINEZ, City Clerk
 

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(2) No person, within the City of Los Angeles, shall own a dog or cat over
the age of four months that has not been spayed or neutered, unless valid written
documentation is provided to show proof that the animal is exempt from the
requirement to be spayed or neutered by reason of one of the following, and is in
compliance with Subdivisions (3) and (4) below:

(3) The dog has earned, or if under three years old, is actively being
trained and in the process of earning, an agility, carting, herding, protection,
rally, hunting, working, or other title from a registry or association approved
by the Department through its Commission.

I predict participation in doggy games will increase substantially.

I also predict BigDaddy will pop a vein over this :thumbs-up-ani:
 

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I predict participation in doggy games will increase substantially.


Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Kommunist.

Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.

Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten,
habe ich nicht protestiert;
ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.

Als sie die Juden holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Jude.

Als sie mich holten,
gab es keinen mehr, der protestieren konnte.
 
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