[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: Henderson County NC: Proposed Unaltered Animal Permitting

  • From: "Ginger Cleary" <cleary1414@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Showgsd-L@Freelists. Org" <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 17:38:48 -0400

 Ginger Cleary,Rome, GA  ww.rihadin.com
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human
hands, will ever be liable to abuse. ? James Madison
Member GSDCA
Member Sawnee Mtn Kennel Club
GA Director Responsible Dog Owners of the Eastern States.

  -----Original Message-----

  Permission to cross post.



  North Carolina continues to be under attack at the local level with
anti-breeder proposals.

  Henderson County has proposed an addition to their animal ordinance making
it mandatory to spay/neuter at 4 months or purchase an Unaltered Animal
Permit for *$100 per animal per year*. The County has secured a small grant
from PetSmart Charities to spay/neuter about 200 animals for low-income
residents once this law passes. Animal Control does NOT record the reasons
that animals are surrendered; they record only the numbers of strays picked
up vs owner turn-ins.



  Public meeting to be held August 14th at 5:30. If you cannot attend, CALL
or email the county commissioners with your objections.  Your county may be
next.

  PROPOSED ORDINANCE:


  § 66A-25 Spaying and neutering requirements. Unaltered animals permit
required. No person shall own or harbor any dog or cat over the age of 4
months that has not been spayed or neutered unless such person holds an
unaltered animal permit issued for such animal by the Animal Services
Center, or any successor agency authorized by law to issue such a permit,
except: (a) persons who own or harbor service dogs or police work dogs; (b)
individuals who are non-residents of Henderson County and reside temporarily
therein for a period not to exceed thirty days; (c) animal shelters and
veterinary hospitals; and (d) Exemptions. Upon a written report from a
licensed veterinarian stating that the life or health of the animal may be
jeopardized by surgery, the Animal Services Center shall grant a written
30-day extension of the period within the altering would otherwise be
required. Further extensions may be granted upon additional veterinary
reports establishing the necessity for such extensions.

  A. Adopted Animals. No dog or cat may be released for adoption from the
Animal Services Center unless such animal has been surgically spayed or
neutered. People who choose to adopt animals that are under 2 months or
under 2 pounds must pay a $100 refundable deposit insuring they will spay or
neuter the animal when it is old enough or weighs more than 2 pounds.

  B. Obtaining an Unaltered animal permit. Owners of unaltered animals must
register their animal with Animal Services and pay the fee. The form may be
mailed or dropped off at the Animal Services Center along with the fee. Each
year after the initial registration, Animal Services will send out
registration renewals which owners must send back with the accompanying fee.
Owners must provide proof if they no longer need to pay the fee because 1)
their animal has been altered; 2) the animal is deceased; 3) the owner no
longer owns the animal.

  C. Fee. The fee for an unaltered animal permit shall be $100.00 per year
per animal.





  TALKING POINTS:



  ·         Costs for animal control have greatly increased in areas that
pass this type of legislation

  ·         MSN and breeder permitting punishes responsible pet owners and
breeders while ignoring irresponsible animal owners

  ·         MSN and breeder permitting are tactics of the animal rights
movement to end breeding of animals and pet ownership

  ·         MSN and breeder permitting negatively impacts feral or stray cat
caretakers

  ·         MSN will have little or no impact on claims of public health and
safety problems caused by unwanted animals which can be better dealt with by
enforcing existing laws

  ·         MSN and breeder permitting fail to address the problem of pet
retention. It is undisputable that the number one reason for owner surrender
is related to pet behavior and health problems, or the owner?s lack of time
or ability to care for the pet.

  ·         The emphasis must be placed on pet retention if animal control
and shelter intake is to be lowered. Those pets relinquished had an owner
who chose not to keep them.




  COMMISSIONER CONTACT INFO:

  Henderson County Board of Commissioners
  100 N. King Street
  Hendersonville, NC 28792
  Phone: (828)697-4808
  Fax: (828)692-9855

  William Moyer, Chairman wmoyer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Charlie Messer, Vice Chairman cmesser@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  Larry Young young@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  Mark Williams mwilliams@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  Chuck McGrady cmcgrady@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  Enforcement Officer: Toby Linville Tlinville@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx





  Susan Wolf

  North Carolina Responsible Animal Owners Alliance (NCRAOA)

  www.ncraoa.com





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