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Texas: Dallas City Council Considering Mandatory Spay or Neuter Ordinance!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Please Contact the City Council Today!

The Dallas City Council plans to consider a mandatory spay and neuter ordinance as early as Wednesday, June 18.  Sportsmen must take action now in order to prevent this draconian ordinance from being approved.

The proposed mandate is being sought by radical animal “rights” and anti-hunting organizations and is an affront to our hunting heritage and private property rights.  With very limited exceptions, this measure requires every dog older than six months to be spayed or neutered.  Owners hoping to breed their dogs at some point during their lives would be required to apply annually for an "intact" permit referred to as a “breeding permit” costing $500.  Permits will not be issued for any dogs that are not of a pure breed recognized by a national breed registry such as the American Kennel Club.

This legislation threatens to keep hunters and other dog owners from making decisions based upon their own personal circumstances. It will prevent many 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 annual $500 permit fee discriminates against hunters with limited budgets. 

City officials are claiming that this mandate is being considered because there is a crisis associated with pet overpopulation.  Of course, the City could implement policies that do not violate private property rights and threaten traditional sportsmen practices by simply establishing a voluntary spay and neuter program and funding it.  In addition to honoring our basic rights, this would be a more efficient and cost effective approach than dramatically expanding the city’s bureaucracy, as the current proposal contemplates.

Please contact the Mayor, the City Manager, the City Attorney, and each member of the Dallas City Council (primarily Districts 1 and 4) and respectfully urge them to oppose any proposal mandating that dogs be spayed or neutered by their owners. 

Contact information can be found below:

Mayor

Tom Leppert

Phone: (214) 670-4054
Fax: (214) 670-0646

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/mayor_mail_form.htm

 

City Manager

Mary K. Suhm

Phone: (214) 670-3296

 

City Attorney
Phone: (214) 670-3519
Fax: (214) 670-0622

 

District 1
Dr. Elba Garcia, Mayor Pro Tem

Phone: (214) 670-4052
Fax: (214) 670-3409

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD01_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 2

Pauline Medrano

Phone: (214) 670-4048
Fax: (214) 670-5117

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD02_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 3

David A. Neumann

Phone: (214) 670-0776
Fax: (214) 670-1833

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD03_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 4
Dwaine R. Caraway, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem

Phone: (214) 670-0781
Fax: (214) 670-3409

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD04_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 5

Vonciel Jones Hill

Phone: (214) 670-0777
Fax: (214) 670-5117

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD05_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 6

Steve Salazar

Phone: (214) 670-4199
Fax: (214) 670-5115

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD06_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 7

Carolyn R. Davis

Phone: (214) 670-4689
Fax: (214) 670-5115

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD07_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 8

Tennell Atkins

Phone: (214) 670-4066
Fax: (214) 670-5115

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD08_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 9

Sheffie Kadane

Phone: (214) 670-4069
Fax: (214) 670-5115

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD09_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 10

Jerry R. Allen

Phone: (214) 670-4068
Fax: (214) 670-1843

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD10_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 11

Linda Koop

Phone: (214) 670-7817
Fax: (214) 670-5117

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD11_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 12

Ron Natinsky

Phone: (214) 670-4067
Fax: (214) 670-5117

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD12_Mail_Form.htm

 

District 13

Mitchell Rasansky

Phone: (214) 670-3816
Fax: (214) 670-5117

Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD13_Mail_Form.htm


District 14

Angela Hunt

Phone: (214) 670-5415
Fax: (214) 670-5117
Email: http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/CD14_Mail_Form.htm

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