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California: Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Considering Mandatory Spay or Neuter Resolution!

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will be considering a resolution in support of Assembly Bill 1634, the California Healthy Pets Act, on Tuesday, June 3. 

AB 1634 is being pushed by radical animal “rights” and anti-hunting organizations and is an affront to our hunting heritage and private property rights.  This measure requires every dog older than four months to be spayed or neutered.  Owners hoping to breed their dogs at some point during their lives would be required to apply annually to their local government for an "intact" permit. Except under very limited circumstances, the local government official has the power to deny issuance of an intact permit without cause. The cost of the annual permit is unspecified in the legislation and is to be determined by the local government. Penalty for non-compliance is a $500 fine imposed by the state and any additional fines imposed by the local government.

This legislation threatens to keep hunters and other dog owners from making decisions based upon their own personal circumstances. It will prevent hunters from continuing the tradition of occasionally breeding their favorite dog in order to provide other hunters with good dogs and defray some of the costs associated with caring for their animals. From a financial perspective, the bill discriminates against hunters with limited budgets. 

The Board of Supervisors is being asked to adopt and send this resolution to the Governor, Senate Local Government Committee and local legislative representatives by Chairman Pete McHugh, Supervisor, District 3. 

Please contact each member of the Board of Supervisors and respectfully urge them to oppose any resolution in support of AB 1634

Contact information for the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors can be found below:

District 1

Supervisor Donald F. Gage
Phone: (408) 299-5010
Fax: (408) 295-6993
don.gage@bos.co.santa-clara.ca.us

District 2

Supervisor Blanca Alvarado
Phone: (408) 299-5020
Fax: (408) 295-8642
blanca.alvarado@bos.sccgov.org

District 3

Supervisor Pete McHugh 
Phone: (408) 299-5030
Fax:
(408) 298-6637
primo.mchugh@bos.co.scl.ca.us

District 4

Supervisor Ken Yeager
Phone: (408) 299-5040
Fax:
(408) 299-2038
Ken.Yeager@bos.sccgov.org

District 5

Supervisor Liz Kniss
Phone: (408)-299-5050
Fax:
(408) 280-0418
liz.kniss@bos.sccgov.org

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