Los Angeles, CA — The Los Angeles City Council’s Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee is considering modifications to the current mandatory spay/neuter ordinance to require spay/neuter for any licensed dog that is impounded twice, and will remove exemptions in current law for dogs that have earned or are being trained for and are in the process of earning a title in agility, carting, herding, hunting, working or other titles. It will also require anyone who holds a breeding permit to submit to an inspection by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, require breeders to implant all dogs sold with a microchip, “to maintain the breeder’s identity as well as that of the new owner’s” on the microchip. AKC GR has sent a letter to the committee and has alerted Los Angeles area fanciers. The measure was deferred but is expected to return.
Macon County, IL — In late 2012, the Humane Society of Decatur and Macon County sought to collect 1,000 signatures on two petitions that asked lawmakers to impose mandatory spay/neuter provisions on both the City of Decatur and Macon County. The first petition asked for a law that would require sterilization for all dogs 5 months of age or older. The second petition proposed that any dog or cat considered a "stray" should be sterilized at the owner's expense prior to release from the shelter. It is presumed that this could have included any dog or cat found at large even one time. With both petitions, exemptions would be made for those with breeding licenses (which are already required for anyone breeding a dog), "proven show dogs or cats" (although this is not defined), and for owners who obtained a letter from their veterinarian stating their dog is not healthy enough for the procedure. These petitions are being circulated again and the humane society has told the media they need approximately 250 more signatures in order to present the petitions to the council. AKC GR is working with the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners to educate local officials and oppose these proposals.