California Spay/Neuter Bill Heads To Assembly

by Veterinary Practice News Editors | June 3, 2009 3:57 pm

The California Senate on June 2 approved SB250, a measure that would require sterilization of most of the state’s cats and dogs. The 21-16 vote sent the bill to the Assembly for consideration.

SB250, also known as the Pet Responsibility Act, failed in the Senate on June 1 by a vote of 16-15. It needed 21 votes to pass. A second vote led to the final approval June 2.

The bill calls on owners to spay or neuter their cats at 6 months of age if the cats are allowed to roam at large. The bill also requires the sterilization of all dogs at 6 months old unless the owner gets an unaltered dog license.

SB250 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.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez agreed June 2 to exempt hunting and working dogs from the measure and to ensure it will not apply to an animal escaping its yard for the first time.

Click here[1] to read the amended bill.


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