[ SHOWGSD-L ] Las Vegas, NV <>AKC<>Mandatory spay neuter

  • From: Stormy Hope <Stormy435@xxxxxxx>
  • To: Show GSD List <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 11:47:31 -0800

The full text of this alert can be found on our website at: 
http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id@05
The committee reviewing the proposed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance  
chose to send it back to the full city council without a  
recommendation. The measure will be heard at the November 18th city  
council meeting. Concerned fanciers and responsible dog owners and  
breeders need to attend this meeting to ensure that your voices are  
heard!

Las Vegas City Council Meeting
Wednesday, November 18th
9am
City Council Chambers
400 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email the council  
members and let them know about your concerns.

Mayor Oscar B. Goodman Ogoodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian   LTarkanian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Councilman Steve Wolfson   SWolfson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese    GReese@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Councilman Stavros S. Anthony   SAnthony@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Councilman Steven D. Ross   SRoss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow   RBarlow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Silver State Kennel Club Legislative Liaison Ken Sondej (4winds@xxxxxxxxxxx 
) is coordinating speakers for the meeting. You can also contact the  
AKC Government Relations Department at doglaw@xxxxxxx for additional  
information. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Provisions of the Ordinance
All dogs and cats over the age of 4 months must be spayed or neutered  
unless the owner qualifies for one of the following exemptions:
holds a valid dog fancier, cat fancier permit, breeder permit or  
professional animal handler permit
the dog is used by a law enforcement agency as a law enforcement dog
the dog is used by a search and rescue agency for search and rescue  
activities
Please note that many search and rescue dogs are privately owned and  
would not be exempt under the current proposal
The dog is a service animal such as a guide animal, hearing animal,  
assistance animal, seizure alert animal or social/therapy animal
The dog is being used by a pound, shelter, humane society or similar  
organization, whether public or private, the principal purpose of  
which is securing the adoption of dogs or cats, provided that such  
organization has a policy and rules requiring the spaying or neutering  
of all dogs and cats placed for adoption
All puppies or kittens born to dogs and cats that have not been spayed/ 
neutered as required will be forfeited and may be given to the local  
shelter for adoption
This is a particularly puzzling provision if the goal is to reduce the  
number of animals in the shelter. Why would the city confiscate  
puppies and kittens who would likely find good homes without their  
interference? A fine would be understandable, but confiscation is  
unreasonable.
Fines for violation
$250 for a first offense
$500 for a second offense
$1000 for a third offense
These fines are outrageously high and will likely force some owners to  
surrender their pets
The fine is reduced by 80% if the animal is sterilized within 30 days,  
however as these surgeries themselves cost hundreds of dollars, that  
does not help individuals who cannot afford the fines
Impounded dogs or cats that are intact, but whose owners do not  
qualify for one of the above exemptions must be sterilized prior to  
release
The current wording of this section seems to mandate that animal  
control perform the sterilization, and would deny owners the ability  
to take the animal to a veterinarian of their own choosing
Provides that impounded animals be kept for only 72 hours
Three days is a short time frame, especially as it is not specified  
that these are business days. A family on vacation for a long weekend  
may return home to find their pet has been impounded and adopted out  
to someone else
Requires that impounded animals be microchipped and that the owner pay  
for the microchipping prior to release
This only adds to the fees owners are required to pay for reclaiming  
their animal
No fee for this service is specified
The ordinance does not require the microchip be enrolled with a  
national registry. The implantation of the chip does not help recover  
the animal, only enrollment with a national registry will provide the  
owner?s contact information
Pet Stores are required to provide the following information to  
Department of Detention and Enforcement
The name and residence address of the buyer
The address of the location where the dog or cat will reside, if not  
the same as the buyer?s address
The breed and approximate age
A description, including principal colors
Failure to provide this information shall be grounds for non-renewal  
of, or disciplinary action against, a business license
It is unreasonable to require a business to violate their customer?s  
privacy in this manner
Since many shoppers may not reside within the city, it will create  
burdensome paperwork that in many cases will be useless
May cause shoppers to choose pet stores that are not within the Las  
Vegas City limits, costing those stores business
Will increase costs for stores when they have to sterilize any animals  
that may be over 4 months of age
May in fact deter these stores from selling older animals

AKC Government Relations
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617
919-816-3720
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