The California Senate on June 1 rejected Senate Bill 250, a measure that would require sterilization of most of the state’s cats and dogs. The vote was 16-15, with 21 votes needed for passage.
A vote to reconsider the measure will take place on June 2.
SB250, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, calls on cat owners to spay or neuter their pet at 6 months of age if the cat is allowed to roam at large. The bill also requires the sterilization of all dogs at 6 months of age unless the owner gets an unaltered dog license.
The bill has been amended to authorize local governments to use existing procedures to issue intact dog licenses or to charge a fee for procedures related to the issuance, denial or revocation of unaltered dog licenses. In addition, unaltered dogs used in legal hunting activities would be exempt from being cited.
The sterilization of dogs found to be at large continues to be a requirement under the bill.
SB250 is backed by the Social Compassion in Legislation, which says the bill would reduce euthanasia rates and save tax dollars, as well as various humane societies.
The American Kennel Club sent out an alert June 2 stating that continued opposition of the bill is needed. The AKC is asking that fanciers, responsible breeders and concerned dog owners contact Senate members and encourage them to either abstain or vote no.
Click here to read the amended bill.