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CITY OF BERKELEY The Berkeley Citizens Humane Commission meets monthly.
CITY OF OAKLAND Oakland Animal Services Oakland Municipal Code new links 6/08
report and recommendations on shelter operations. 11/1/07 A community meeting with new shelter director
Adam Parascandola will be held Monday 11/12, 7-8:30 pm, Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4102 Park Blvd. - hosted
by City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente and the Oakland Animal Welfare Group (OAWG)
BUTTE COUNTY: Animal Control (pop 210,500, 5 incorporated cities: Chico, Oroville, Gridley, Biggs & Paradise)
4/8/08 Butte County Board of Supervisors agenda Item 5.02 included a total revision of the county animal
ordinance and fees (unaltered dog licensed up to $40/yr from $20). 4/9/08 The Board had sought a remedy for a
neighbor cat nuisance complaint rather than this total revision, which was sent back for additional consideration.
5/9/08 At its 5/6/08 meeting, the BOS approved on first reading the proposed ordinance revisions for barking dogs,
allowing citation on only one complaining party but reduced the numbers of cats allowed for parcels 1 acre or more
from proposed fewer than 12 over 3 mos. to only fewer than 8 and parcels under 1 acre from proposed fewer than
8 to only fewer than 6. Shelters, nonprofit humane societies and licensed vets would be exempt, but currently,
there is no provision for (cattery) permitting above these numbers. A second reading is required. 5/15/08 BOS
agenda for Tuesday, 5/20/08 Item 3.22 is the final adoption of this ordinance, but the amended version appears to
leave the cattery prohibition for parcels of one acre or more at 12 (not reduced as reported) but lowered to 6 for
parcels under one acre, effectively limits of 11 and 5 cats over 3 mos., respectively. 5/24/08 BOS deferred action
on 5/20 and continued matter to 6/24/08 BOS meeting, pending meeting of interested parties. 7/4/08 Report to BOS
at 6/24/08 meeting reflecting the facilitated public meeting on June 4 attended by 100 citizens with the BOS Animal
TOWN OF PARADISE: Introduced, addition to draft approved, unanimous roll call, new dangerous animal
ordinance (excepting dog assisting peace officer engaged in law enforcement duties) replacing use of state
dangerous dog law and court hearing procedure with local administrative hearing. Final adoption 7/15 08.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY Government Link
1/8/11 2010 BOS Public Protection Committee Referral, MSN "Pit Bulls", or all dogs. 1/23/11 Pub Prot Com Special
Mtg, Mon., Jan. 24, 2011, 11 AM, considered MSN on impound, all dogs. Report (Note, AS Director was Oakland
director when similar ordinance enacted there.)
FRESNO COUNTY Animal Control Info avail, Español, Hmong
Fresno County unincorporated completed its amendments in December, 2005 with an increased unaltered
dog license of $39; breeding regulations incorporated within the unaltered dog license and minor
restrictions on transfers of dogs and cats. License Fees Ordinance changes
CITY OF FRESNO at its March 28, 2006 (minutes including council discussion) City Council meeting introduced 2
ordinances - Exhibit A regarding dangerous dogs, spay/neuter on multiple impounds and higher feel unaltered
dog license at 5 months incorporating breeding restrictions and the other, Exhibit B, requiring sterilization of all
dogs over 6 months and in the city over 30 days unless exempt for medical reasons, owner has applied for a
breeding permit or dog is "show quality" AKC or UKC (only) registered and "conforms" to the breeding permit
guidelines. Exhibit B had quietly added an undefined "guardian" term, as well. According to the Fresno Bee, the
Council voted unanimously to introduce the at large and dangerous dog provisions and 5-2 for breeding and sales
restrictions. The Executive Director of the Central California SPCA, the contract animal control provider had
recommended Exhibit A and against Exhibit B. The "Exhibit A" ordinances were on the consent calendar for the
April 4 City Council meeting. Updated 7/1/06 On April 4, the City Council adopted the "Exhibit A" Dangerous Dog (9-
224) provisions on the Consent Calendar and the "Exhibit A" Section 9-225 provisions by vote of 6-1.
NEW 4/29/07 HUMBOLDT COUNTY Board of Supervisors agenda May 1, 2007 again presents for introduction
the Sheriff's Department mandatory spay/neuter ordinance of dogs and cats at 4 months (exemptions for
designated or acceptable registries, service, law enforcement, proven hunting/livestock, SAR, boarding
trainers/resellers or medical). 4th violation is misdemeanor, up to 6 mos jail and/or up to $1,000 fine. No permit
Updated 5/2/07 BOS tabled ordinance indefinitely pending outcome of AB 1634 but resolved to support AB 1643
requiring a permit process.
KERN COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES DIVISION Animal Laws
Lock v. County of Kern (Kern County Case No. 254024) filed in 2004 and tried in 2006 concerning the County's non-
compliance with the Hayden and Vincent mandates with the Court granting the writ of mandate and injunctive relief.
KERN COUNTY UNINCORPORATED Board of Supervisors, in response to a high-profile presence of an alleged
"hoarding" situation, referred to Kern County Animal Control Commission development of ordinance amendments
affecting facilities with large numbers of dogs, i.e. yet another visit to limit laws. 8/15/06 BOS Agenda included a
Request from Taxpayers for Responsible & Ethical Animal Treatment (TREAT), in conjunction with Animal Friends
Rescue Project (AFRP), to present mandatory spay/neuter ordinance proposal. BOS referred the proposal to the
UPDATED 1/17/07 The MSN proposal discussion continues on the Commission agendas (see agendas/minutes on
commission site) but the proposed amendments for facilities are now in draft form for future public workshops.
UPDATED 4/28/07 Proposed ordinance amendments re limits, $75 unaltered dog license, breeding permit, S/N
measures for public comment in a series of 10 workshops starting May 16, 2007 in Bakersfield. Updated 7/29/07 In
response to extensive public comment, Staff scaled back its original proposed amendments but added new
proposals, yet to be fully considered, in a July 18, 1007 report to the Commission. 8/16/07 ACS August 2007 Report
to BOS. Staff Report to Commission consolidating decisions made at September 19, 2007 meeting, under ongoing
discussion. 11/25/07 March 11, 2008 BOS meeting minutes under provision for referral to staff or take action to
have staff place a matter of business on a future agenda (Gov. Code Sec. 54954.2[a]), include "SUPERVISOR
MAGGARD MADE A REFERRAL TO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND KERN COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL
COMMISSION TO REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD ON TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2008 WITH ANIMAL CONTROL
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GREATER BAKERSFIELD METROPOLITAN AREA; OPTIONS TO INCLUDE A MANDATORY
SPAY AND NEUTER COMPONENT PROVIDING A RANGE OF FLEXIBILITY AND EXEMPTION PROVISIONS, Maggard -
Watson: 4 Ayes; 1 Absent (McQuiston). 6/11/08 BOS (Rubio absent) rejected MSN/breeder permit option, staff
directed to work on other options and report back by August 26. 6/12/08 Extracted minutes, 6/10 BOS meeting.
LAKE COUNTY in June 2005 enacted a variant mandatory sterilization ordinance, effective June 1, 2006, that
mandates sterilization of all dogs and cats over 4 months unless exempt under any of the specified categories for
which there is no permit requirement or fee. Also in effect in cities of Lakeport and Clearlake. NEW 6/21/07
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: BOS Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control (new URL 8/07)
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES Board of Supervisors at its January 31, 2006 meeting, approved a motion to
proceed with a SB 861 permitted ordinance for spay/neuter and breeding restrictions for Pit Bulls and Rottweilers
based on shelter over-representation. A September 2005 memorandum from Animal Care & Control Director
Marcia Mayeda detailed the County's dangerous dog enforcement approaches.
On Tuesday afternoon, February 21, the Board of Supervisors had scheduled a public hearing on the ordinance to
require mandatory spay/neuter of Pit Bulls and Rottweilers without an unaltered restricted dog license at $150 per
dog per year based on a complex, contingent permit system with criminal penalties for violation. Instead, the
Board accepted a recommendation from Director Mayeda to revise the proposal to include ALL DOGS, abandoning
the breed specific provisions. The matter was continued to April 25.
L.A. County dog bite data by breed, 2001-2005
L.A. County Pit Bull Identification Checklist
L.A. County Rottweiler Breed Identification Checklist
General County info http://www.lacounty.info Agendas http://bos.co.la.ca.us/Categories/Agenda/AgendaHome.asp
A press release of March 3 states that a public hearing and vote on an ordinance for s/n of ALL dogs will be held
on April 18. "There will be exemptions for medical problems, show dogs and other situations that are currently
being identified." March 7 letter from Mayor Mike Antonovich Director Mayeda's March 16, 2006 email
describing ordinance to be $60 unaltered dog license issued ONLY if law enforcement/service or assistance/"
competition" dog and more.
The April 18 BOS agenda item 76 for public hearing is: "Hearing on proposed amendments to the County Code,
Title 10 - Animals, to require that all dogs be implanted with an identifying microchip; to establish a
Mandatory Spay and Neuter and Program for all dogs; to increase the annual license fee for unaltered dogs from
$30 to $60; and to increase the annual license fee for altered dogs from $15 to $20. (Continued from meeting of 2-
21-06) (06-0343) and as supplemented on 4/14. . . "altered dogs from $15 to $20; also approve appropriation
adjustment in the amount of $75,000 to be offset by unanticipated revenues funded by increased dog license fees.
(4-VOTES) (06-0343) See Supporting Document which includes a letter from Mayeda detailing her rationale in
addition to the ordinance. Ordinance passed 4-0, Supervisor Burke absent. Minor technical amendments being
made, back on May 2. Excerpted transcript Item 76 testimony, April 18 hearing. 124 KB May 2, 2006 BOS Agenda,
Item 109 under Ordinances for Adoption and Supervisor Antonovich's recommendation to send a five-signature
letter to the Mayors of all cities within the County urging adoption of a similar ordinance. The ordinance was
passed on May 3 and takes effect June 3. Excerpted transcript, Item 109, 5/2. NEW 6/16/06 Board of Supervisors
motion to extend the grace period for the dog MSN/microchip ordinance by 6 months for dogs NOT impounded and
enhance community outreach efforts (30 day report back) (Knabe). UPDATED 9/4/06 At the request of Supervisor
Antonovich, this Item 79-B on the Supplemental Agenda was HELD. (Mo. by Knabe). 2006 LA County Title 10,
including MSN amendments, LA COUNTY CITIES' ACTION: Updated 3/21/08
Adopting: Agoura Hills, effective on 8/23/06, 6 mo. grace period; La Puente, effective on 8/8/06, 3 mo. grace period;
Walnut, effective 8/ 9/06, 3 mo. grace period.
11/29/06 Santa Clarita City Council at its 11/28/06 meeting introduced and unanimously passed on to a second
reading on December 12 of a proposed LA County conforming ordinance Council Directed staff to make one
change to the proposed language. The change would keep microchipping as a mandatory process but would make
it exempt from the proposed $250/$1,000 fine should a dog owner not comply. Dave Peterson, Manager of the
Community Preservation Division is the assigned staff person. Adopted, effective January 11, 2007.
Maywood 7/26/06, grace period ends 1/1/08
Inglewood 8/11/06 - grace period ends 1/1/08
Culver City 10/24/06, enforced, not eligible for low cost s/n vouchers, license fee schedule not adopted
La Habra Heights 11/06 - grace period ends 7/1/08
Bradbury, 1/18/07 - grace period ends 1/1/08
El Monte 5/17/07 - grace period ends 1/1/08 - MICROCHIPS/LICENSE FEES ONLY, MSN NOT ADOPTED
Compton 8/9/07 - grace period ends 1/1/08
San Fernando 9/5/07 - grace period ends 1/1/08, extended to 4/1/08
Artesia, May 2008
Lancaster, January 2009, for restricted breeds, (Lancaster City Ordinance Title 6, Chapter 6.08)
Lynwood, January 2010
Baldwin Park, July 2012
Hidden Hills, October 2012
LA County Rejecting Cities: Covina, 9/19/06 City Council Agenda. Staff Report & Mayeda Letter
New 12/20/07 Nguyen v. County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BS112581) is a
petition for writ of mandate and injunctive relief regarding alleged illegal practices by the Los Angeles County
Department of Animal Care and Control and its personnel. (See Kern County for earlier case on this topic)
For further information.
9/26/09 Ord. 2009-0017 § 18, 2009, adopted 6/2/09 removed removed some fees from Title 10 to be set by resolution
and made other clarifying changes to the ordinance. Effective 8/1/09 new fees, adoptions, redemptions, vacs, s/n,
relinquishments & more. 9/22/09 BOS Agenda Item 7, deferred to 9/29/09, Item 58, adopt ordinance amendment to
charge dog/cat owners $40 field enforcement (canvassing) fee for household w/o current licenses, adjust
delinquent fees for different license types to amounts of licenses and a number of clarifying changes. Note, the
hobby breeder fee of $250, $175 renewal (many hobby breeders do not breed every year and do not need to
renew) has been in effect for several years (see 2006 Title 10 above) and is not changed by the current proposal
or the 6/2/09 amendments to the Fee Schedule, LA County Code Section 10.90.010. 9/29/09 Ord. 2009-0043 adopted.
(Oct. 28, 2009 Regional Planning Commission unanimously denied the project to amend these provisions directly
into the Zoning Code, Title 22.) 3/2010 LACC letter to Animal Facility licensees describes proposed amendments to
Title 10 and Q&A mtgs 3/9, 3/10 following 9/09 amendments to Title 10 animal facilities definitions. 11/15/10
Additional meetings were held in August and Sept., with a 3rd, Tuesday, November 30th, at 1 p.m., at Fire Station
129, 42110 6th St. West, Lancaster: 11/4/10 revised draft ordinance. 3/10/11 Final ord @BOS 3/15/11 mtg: Agenda
Extracts - Item 43 is to approve, Item 53 is Introduction. (Department reference FAQ document). 3/16/11 Approved.
CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS See entries on Property page.
City of Lancaster (LA County) 1/28/09 City Council meeting adopted a modified LA County ordinance with
deviating amendments: changes "potentially dangerous dog, eliminates mandatory microchip for dogs and
mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs, but enacts a unique Food & Ag Code Section 31683 enabled breed specific
ordinance, for the first time in California including Rottweilers with APBTs, AmStaffs and Staffy Bulls. 1/28/09
CITY OF LONG BEACH (L.A. County) amended its long time prohibition on dog breeding to an ordinance of first
impression in mandating spay/neuter of all cats over 4 months without a medical exemption; allowing dog breeding
(1 litter per year) under a complex permit requiring a personal background check with results acceptable to the
Police Chief; and transfer permits for any dog not covered by a breeding permit and any cat other than rescue
organizations tax exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3). Fees for these permits will be determined by the City
Council rather than set by ordinance. Fines are $350-700 for the first violation and $700-1,000 subsequent. The
Ordinance passed unanimously, 7-0.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES;
City of Los Angeles Municipal Code, Click on Chapt V Public Safety & Protection, See Art. 3
Department of Animal Services 3rd Quarter FY 2006 Report details a number of legislative initiatives, actions and
concerns in which the Department of Animal Services is involved. These include mandatory sterilization
comparable to Los Angeles County. City of L.A. Department of Animal Services. The Board of Animal Services
Commissioners new link 6/23/07 at its June 12, 2006 meeting considered a Los Angeles County copycat ordinance
at the directive from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that the Board order the Department of Animal Services to draft
such an ordinance. City Legislative Analyst report on Resolution to endorse AB 1634, 4/11/07
City Council Agenda Item 10, 4/17 City Council meeting. New 4/13/07 Updated 4/17/07, LA City Council unanimous
vote to support AB 1634. Only 4 opponents allowed to testify. New 5/5/07 May 9, 2007 Full City Council Agenda item
27 is a motion to draft MSN ordinance for dogs and cats over 4 mos consistent with AB 1634. Mtg starts 10 a.m.
Updated 5/10/07 May 9 agenda item carried over to Friday, May 11 Council Mtg. Continuation Agenda
8/1/07 DAS GM Boks obtained Commission approval 7/23/07 to pursue additional sterilization, breeding/transfer,
microchip ordinance (LAMC) amendments and fee changes. 8/2/07 July 23, 2007 letter from Boks to City Council
requesting ordinance amendment requiring dog/cat microchip on redemption from shelter. 8/3 July 26, 2007 letter
from Boks requesting ordinance amendments to spay or neuter any animals taken in or subject to enforcement
and to require microchipping of any animal to obtain a valid breeding permit and to strengthen breeding and
transfer regulation, and other related enabling modifications. 8/10 Referred to Council Pub. Safety Com.; waived
and referred to City Council, 8/14/07 Agenda Items 43 & 44, request City Atty to draft ordinances per 7/23 & 7/26
letters. 8/11 Reference: LAMC Sections 53.11-14, Impounds; 53.15.2. Breeding And Transfer Of Dogs And Cats
LA City Council 2007 Complete Contact List 8/14 City Council refers 43 & 44 to Public Safety Committee for hrngs.
2008 1/14/08 Commission Mtg, Boks' update on development of "Transfer Permit" ordinance. 1/28/08 Commission
Mtg, Boks' proposal for MSN ordinance, also before the City Council Public Safety Committee 1/28. 2/1/08 Friday
City Council Agenda Item 9 (p 6), MSN ordinance as above, MSN dogs/cats at 4 mos.; public hearing held last year,
File is subject February 4 deadline for action. 2/1/08 MSN ord. passed City Council 1st reading 10-1 (4 absent).
2/5/08 MSN ordinance returns to City Council for second vote, Friday, February 8 agenda, postponed to: 2/9/08
Supplemental Agenda, 2/12/08, 10 a.m. 2/12/08 File 07-1212 passed 14-1 (Rosendahl)
NEW 3/10/08 Integrated text LAAMC 53.15.2 as amended 2000, with newly enacted amended LAMC Sec. 53.15.2(b)
Presented and approved at 4/14/08 Commissioners Mtg: Solicitation of Qualified Dog and Cat Registries and
Associations for Approval of Exemption from Spay or Neuter Requirements. Terms and conditions are inconsistent
with the scope of any existing dog or cat registry. 5/27/08 City Controller Laura Chick released the Audit of
Revenues and Expenses at the DAS. 8/20/08 City Controller Laura Chick released Performance Audit of the DAS's
Spay & Neuter Program with conclusions and recommendations. 8/27/08 Commission 8/25/08 meeting approved 3
of the initial 4 registry applicants, AKC, UKC and TICA, and will request more information from ARBA.
9//5/08 LAAS Spay/Neuter Ordinance Page Grace period ends 10/1/08 Info & forms only available English/Spanish.
1/12/13 Changes to LAMC MSN/Breeding provisions proposed by Board of Animal Services Commission in 2012;
Council Personnel & Animal Welfare Ctte Recommendation 8/13/12. 8/28/12 City Council Action; City Attorney
Report to Council including proposed language, 1/2/13. 1/15/13 Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee
continued item to/for a date to be determined. 5/24/13 Revised Draft Ordinance returned by City Atty to Committee.
06/04/2013 Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee approved as amended. 6/18/13 City Council adopted, 12-0 (3)
Final SN/Breeding ordinance amendment, effective 8/6/13.
Letter from City Clerk, 6/28/13 re BSL-MSN for Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas to be drafted.
CITY OF PASADENA The May 5, 2008 City Council Agenda includes a first reading of a breed specific ordinance
enabled by the 2005 SB 861. 5/6/08 Proposal "HELD AND REFERRED BACK TO PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE FOR
FURTHER DISCUSSION." 7/10/08 Council Public Safety Committee will hold a meeting on the BSL proposal (MSN at
8 weeks w/o "breeding permit", AKC/UKC AmStaff/StaffyBull/APBT) on TUESDAY, July 15, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at the
Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA Room S038--City Hall Grand Conference Room
(Basement). 7/11/08 July 15, 2008 Agenda 7/15/08 Proceeding to full City Council, date pending. 7/16/08 Report to
Public Safety Committee from Takashi Wada, MD MPH, Director, Pasadena Public Health Department & Pasadena
Humane Society (contractor) Information for proposed ordinance change. 7/12/13 2012 Council Public Safety Com.
again considered BSL-MSN issue. Preliminary discussions, 7/16/12 and 8/6/12 minutes. 11/19/12 meeting
discussion of BSL led to Pasadena Humane Society (contractor) call for MSN "program" minutes. 6/17/13 Public
Safety Com included report for City Council calling for MSN, dogs and cats + tethering ordinance. 7/31/13 7/8/13
Council Meeting approved recommendation of Staff Report and Presentation (Powerpoint) - City Attorney to draft MSN,
cats/dogs w/exclusions within 60 days, differential fee dog license $60/+ altered. 10/4/13 City Council Agenda, No. 9
10/7/13 1st reading, ordinance MSN dogs/cats >4mos, unaltered licensed subject to qualifications, conditions,
revocation available for DOGS ONLY (NOTE: language origin, LA County), MSN on impound, dog breeding subject to
kennel definitions, "Dog kennel" means any lot, building, structure, enclosure or premises wherein 5 or more
canine animals 4 months of age or older are kept or permitted to remain or where any dog gives birth to 2 or more
litters within a 12-month period and Section 6.24.010,Kennels - requires long distances from other residences.
10/9/13 Council "ACTION: NO ACTION TAKEN; DIRECTION GIVEN TO STAFF TO RETURN WITH THE ORDINANCE FOR
FUTURE CONSIDERATION IN 6 TO 9 MONTHS FOLLOWING THE CANVASSING OF ANIMAL LICENSING BY THE
PASADENA HUMANE SOCIETY."
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD 10/30/08 WeHo City Council Meeting, Monday 11/3/08 meeting will consider adopting a
resolution in opposition to commercial pet rental franchises and directing the Community Development Director to
amend land use regulations to establish prohibitions against the commercial “rental” of any pet within the City of
West Hollywood. 11/13/08 Resolution adopted, matter approved on Consent Cal, 11/3/08 Council Meeting. 2/13/09
WeHo proposes a resolution to support ban on fois gras. 4/5/09 4/6/09 City Council agenda item resolution to
support state "animal welfare" bills. 9/3/09 WeHo 9/8 Council mtg, Item 2.Z. resolution "in support of proposed
California animal welfare legislation: AB1122” and item 2.AA to study feasibility of providing animal services in or
closer to WeHo, i.e. changing contract jurisdiction LA Cnty to City of LA, including hiring consultant, establishing a
task force. 2/16/2010 City Council unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting pet store sales of dogs/cats.
There are currently no such stores in WeHo. 6/20/10 6/21/10 CC Mtg agenda reports results re 9/8/09 Mtg (above),
recommends new sheltering agreement with Amanda Foundation, continuing contracts with County of LA & SPCA-la.
MENDOCINO COUNTY ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL
Ukiah, 2/4/09 Council meeting, agenda item, consider intro "guardian" substitution amendment. Details at Property
NEW 11/06 Individuals have developed a mandatory s/n - unaltered certificate (Santa Cruz model) for dogs
and cats. The political prospects for this are uncertain. Animal Control is a division of the Sheriff's Department
and has achieved minimal euthanasia rates. Current Nevada County Humane Animal Control Ordinance
ORANGE COUNTY ORANGE COUNTY 34 CITY LINKS 2003-2004 Grand Jury Report
New 6/3/08 Orange County Grand Jury Report, "Is Orange County Going to the Dogs?" recommends MSN based on
erroneous references to other jurisdictions.
CITY OF CYPRESS (Northern county near LA Cnty, pop 50K) New 12/2/10 Nov 22, 2010 Council meeting Report about
prior resident complaints re "Pit Bulls" on Marion Avenue, reviewed OC Animal Care procedures to investigate
dog complaints, enforcement measures deemed effective if complaints are made. Council will consider a BSL/MSN
ordinance in 2011. 1/22/11 City Council Jan. 24, 2011 (Mon.) mtg. agenda Item 11 options to finalize proposed ord.
OR amend proposal AND/OR proceed with non-legislative measures. Staff Report 2009-10 AC Field Stats
3//1/11 Council abandoned MSN proposal, directed staff to draft amendments to dangerous dog provisions, etc.
CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH City Council approved at its April 16, 2007 meeting approved a directive to staff
(Keith Bohr document) to research issues and costs to enact a Los Angeles County style ordinance (MSN,
microchip including dogs, cats and rabbits.) (7 members, 5 yes, 1 no, 1 absent). 8/16/07 August 20, 2007 City
Council agenda Item E9, approval/authorization of the city's contract with the County of Orange for animal
services. 22 of the cities are involved to some extend in this contract. 8/31/07 Pursuant to the April 16, 2007 City
Council minutes the September 4 Agenda includes the Staff Report for a possible "LA County" Mandatory S/N and
microchip ordinance. 9/5/07 At its 9/4/07 meeting, the City Council voted 4 (Bohr, proponent; Green, Cook,
Coerper) - 3 (Carchio, Hansen, Hardy) to proceed with LA County-style MSN/Microchip ordinance, dogs AND CATS.
11/1/07 Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 City Council meeting agenda item G-2a. "Approve for Introduction Ordinance No. 3787
Amending Title 7 of the Huntington Beach Municipal Code (HBMC) by Adding Chapter 7.10 Relating to a Spay,
Neuter and Microchip Identification Program for Dogs and Cats". 11/6/07 After a lengthy, heated meeting, the
Council took no vote and expected to consider a modified proposal at a later date, possibly December 17. 12/10/07
Postponed to Tuesday, January 22, 2008. 1/4/08 Postponed to first week of February. 2/2/08 February 4, 2008
Council agenda Item G-2b (city doc, all materials 1460kb) ordinance (redline): cat licensing, mandatory microchip for all
dogs and cats; dog/cat MSN at 6 mos. except entrants in approved event or members of approved club for breed
to be licensed; city business license required to advertise availability of any dog or cat for transfer and new fees.
2/5/08 HB City Council 6-1 (Boehr abstain) rejected MSN, microchipping and cat licensing, approved lesser fee
increase to $93 unaltered dog license/$23 altered and the business license required to advertise transfer, to be re-
drafted and brought back at a later meeting. 2/29/05 March 3 City Council Agenda Item G-2a, proposed ordinance
to amend chapter 7.08 of the Huntington Beach Municipal Code relating to the licensing provisions of dogs and
cats and adding the requirement to display a business license number in any advertisement that offers dogs or
cats for adoption, sale, barter, or other transfer of ownership. 3/18/08 March 17 City Council meeting, voted to
align license fees with county schedule and delete the business license requirement (above).
Solicitation to Registries, qualifications for participation in MSN exemption process. New 3/1/11 Many months
process, Council 2/22/11 introduce ordinance amendments to allow 4th dog only if qualified service, etc. dog.
Irvine 2/24/11 City Council, 2/22/11 meeting agenda considered recommendations from Mayor Mr. Sukhee Kang: 1)
prohibit store sales of dogs/cats w/time-limited grandfathering for the one such store; MSN on 3rd impound
dogs/cats; prohibits exotic animal performances and approved 4-1 (Lalloway) directing staff to draft an ordinance.
3/3/11 Council minutes extract 2/22/11, now includes MSN dogs/cats > 6 mos; 120 time frame.
New 5/13/08 City of Laguna Woods, incorporated in 1999, is contained within the senior gated residential
community of Leisure World and itself contains 3 more senior communities, so that animals within the city are
subject to both ordinance as well as private regulation (rental rules, CC&Rs, HOA rules). The average age of city
residents is 78. Animal Services through contract with Laguna Beach Animal Services. 5/20/08 Laguna Woods
Blue Ribbon committee on animal services is holding an open meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, May 16 in City Hall, 24264
El Toro Road to discuss animal issues but had not initiated consideration of limits. 4/18/09 Council passed MSN
ordinance: dogs/cats@6 mos. 4-1(Bert Hack voting no). Exemption for "Competition, Law Enforce, service, vet.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: New URLs, 12/15/08
COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE is expected to consider a Los Angeles County copycat ordinance including cats.
According to Robert Miller, Director, County of Riverside, Department of Animal Services, the draft ordinance is
still at County Counsel's and will not be available for review until it reaches the BOS agenda. For local news, see
the Press-Enterprise. [The animal ordinance in effect in 2006 ncludes a $50 unaltered dog license and extensive
other provisions. See 12/26/08 entry for later amendments.] Board of Supervisors Riverside Animal Services
aborted a series planned series of 4 community forums after one presentation on Saturday, June 3 at which a
"survey" was collected from participants although the proposed ordinance was not available for review. Click on
the link for current agency information and description of the ordinance. DRAFT MICROCHIP ORD. DRAFT
MANDATORY S/N ORD.4 new "Open Forums" on the proposed ordinances were held from July to October. These
separate ordinances have been under review by County Counsel and expected to return in 2007.
12/15/08 BOS 12/16/08 Agenda item 3.16 on the Policy Calendar (Presented for Block Approval; Supervisors have
the option of excluding discussion items from a master motion) presents for introduction ordinance amendments
for mandatory sterilization of both dogs and cats and mandatory microchipping, to be set for hearing January 13,
2009, 9:30 a.m. per public advertisement requirement. Updated 1/28/09, item passed unanimously. Earlier in 2008,
Ordinance 630, as amended through 630.11 made amendments to Dogs & Cats . Introduced Ordinance 630.12
would further amend these provisions. 630.12 amendments integrated into 2008 ordinance. Amended and passed,
1/13/09 public hearing; final adoption 1/27/09: effective 3/1/09. 4/5/13 Riverside County, AS Dir. Robert Miller
requests SB861 ordinance, BOS 4/9/13 agenda. Miller states 123 licensed "Pit Bulls" in county, Supe. Stone wants
appropriate exemption for breeders, Supe Benoit (disproportionate euth), Supe Jeffries, be careful using power of
government to be so intrusive and setup for failure w/o cities, need cities in stakeholder group for immediate buy-
in, Miller cites Animal Commission (Benoit) and Jnt Pow Auth, admits a lot of cities did not adopt last s/n ord. 8 yrs
ago, Supe Ashley we need to lead cities with model ordinance. Miller, we do not look at LA as model, too
burdensome, prefer secondary enforcement, use of other tools but multi-prong, doesn't know when it will be
ready. pass 5-0, proceed to draft ordinance. 4/10/13 10/11/13 Ordinance introduced by BOS, 9/24/13 meeting, set
for hearing, unanimously passed 10/8/13. Requires sterilization of all covered "pit bulls" other than minimal
exemptions and currently licensed dogs w/owners qualifying as "registered breeders" (kennel permit if >4 dogs;
rabies vaccination; business license; BOE Seller Permit.) 10/15/13
CITY OF BANNING (pop 28k apprx) 3/10/11 Banning City Council 2/22/11 Council Mtg received a staff report, held a
public hearing, 3/8/11 adopted Beaumont (see Beamont, below) copycat ordinance due to contractual animal
services relationship. Action includes Banning ordinance, Banning penalties and Beaumont reference ordinance.
CITY OF BEAUMONT (Pop 30,000) Reference ordinance (Ord. 935, adopted 4/08) prior to fall 2009 ADOPTING
amending Ordinances 960 (MSN, microchip, related items/hearings) and 961, zoning, (see 10/20 minutes below).
10/6/09 Police Chief Frank Coe, City Council presentation of "mandatory spay neuter" ordinance patterned on 2009
state SB 250, MSN only if found in violation of another law, other changed, 4-0 approved w/amendment, if cat
impounded twice in 6 mos,, mandatory microchip. 10/20/09 Council 4-0 (minutes extract) adopted 960 (final
version) as amended, however final cat microchip provision differed: only if cat impounded for redemption, i.e. not
field citation. Dogs microchip at 4 mos.
CITY OF RIVERSIDE City Council Public Safety Committee on March 19, 2007 (Agenda) heard a citizen oral
presentation requesting imposition of limits on numbers of pets. 3/19/07 Committee Minutes Press Coverage
3/25/07 6/4/10 City Council Land Use Committee considered/approved MSN, Microchip, MSN secondary to animal
violations, 4 dog/9 cat limit, grandfather up to 20 years, new permit system - to Council. Press coverage 6/3/10
Staff Report: Public Works 6/3 Draft Ordinance Part 1 - Definitions Part 2 - Residential & Commercial Kennels
Part 3 - Spay, Neuter & Microchip Public Works Dept Presentation Pgs 1-6 Pgs 7-12 Pgs 13-18 NEW FILES 6/6/10
6/11/10 City Council agenda, Tuesday, June 15 AS PUBLISHED, Discussion Calendar, Item 1 immediately following
3 pm start time of meeting. Staff Report 6/15 Proposed Amendments 6/17/10 CC unanimously passed June 15
agenda item resolution to introduce ordinance, waive 1st reading, 2nd reading June 22, 2010. Press Coverage
6/19/10 City Council Agenda 6/22/10, Item 51, Adopt Ordinance, Waive further rdg, Regular Agenda begins 6:30 pm.
10/24/13 City Council 10/22/13 Mtg Agenda Item 16 Report, Ordinance Video Introduced, unanimous, pass.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY: NEW 3/24/10 Public Meetings Page
UPDATED 5/17/07 COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO where an activist coalition has been plotting a high-fee ordinance
($200 unaltered) for the last year held a workshop with the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday,
February 21st to advance its "Animal Overpopulation Ordinance" into the legislative process as the first step of
its plan to enact ordinances throughout the region. The Board unanimously directed staff to proceed with
developing an ordinance. Read the Coalition to Stop Animal Overpopulation's proposal and Workshop
Presentation. Contact the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and ask them to reject this proposal. County
BOS site. The Sacramento Area Animal Coalition Sacramento Shelter Statistics 2000-2003 showing the City of
Sacramento, County of Sacramento and private Sacramento SPCA in spreadsheet format with area totals and
including 2004. The proposal is mandatory s/n or $150 unaltered licensed with breeding rights or a reduced fee of
$50 without breeding rights for registered with either registry title or registry sanctioned event participation in
previous 12 months. Contacts above. Existing Sacramento County Animal law and license fees. Sacramento
County Animal Care & Regulation. Comments re proposal and existing ordinance. July 18 BOS Agenda lists at 2:30
p.m. Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic and at 3:00 p.m. -- Animal Overpopulation Ordinance (All) (Animal Care and
Regulation) (2/21/06, #43) THIS ITEM WAS CONTINUED AUGUST 1, TUESDAY, 3:30 p.m. The July 18 agenda package
(click on links on agenda) contains the proposed ordinance formatted by County Counsel to be integrated into
existing law and the staff document rationalizing the proposal as a panacea for shelter ills and revenue generator.
TAC opposition letter. The August 2 (Wednesday) agenda includes a review of department programs in the
morning and the pound seizure issue in the afternoon. Access agendas and materials from the BOS link. 8/1 BOS
heard a presentation by staff and began public testimony before continuing the matter to Tuesday, 8/15, 3:00 p.m.
to continue testimony and hear followup from staff to Supervisors' questions. 8/15 BOS took additional testimony
and directed staff to develop a facilitated process to bring opposing stakeholders to consensus for presentation
January 16, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. 1/10/07 Jan. 16 Agenda (2-2:15 pm) Report Back On The Animal Overpopulation
Ordinance (All) (Animal Care and Regulation) (8/15/06, #39) (NOTE: THIS ITEM WAS CONTINUED TO FEBRUARY 27,
2007 AT 2:30 P.M.) 2/21/07 To be continued to Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 2:30 pm per 2/27 agenda. Introduced on
unanimous vote per 4/17/07 Summary
(Item 73). Staff Memo; Facilitator's Report; Fee Schedule; Strike-though Ord; Finalized Ordinance
5/17/07 BOS final vote 5/8/07 Agenda, Item 31, passed 4-1 (Roberta McGlashan)
3/18/2010 BOS 3/23/10 Tuesday mtg, 10:00 A.M. -- "Introduction Of An Ordinance Requiring Veterinarians To Report
Rabies Vaccinations To The Department Of Animal Care And Regulation; Waive Full Reading Of The Ordinance And
Continue To April 6, 2010 For Adoption (Animal Care And Regulation)" Staff Report Ordinance
3/24/10 BOS Continued to workshop on Animal Care and Regulation, 4/14/10, 3:30 p.m. 4/16/10 passed 4-1
(McGlashan), continued to 5/4/10 for final adoption. 4/29/10 Bos 5/4/10 Agenda Item 37, final adoption rpt ord., New
support doc, TEAM (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter) charitable supporting organization for County shelter.
5/2/10 BOS 5/4 Mtg continued this matter to July 27, 2010. 7/22/10 BOS Agenda, 7/27/10 Mtg, Item 27 - final adoption
7/3010 Continued to August 24, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. (the Tuesday mtg.) 8/20/10 BOS Agenda 8/24/10, Item 53, 11:15 am,
"NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ITEM WILL BE CONTINUED" (requires Board action): contd to 10/5/10 @ 11 am.
9/30/10 Tuesday, 10/5/10 BOS Agenda item 31, 11 a.m. Adoption Of An Ordinance Requiring Veterinarians To Report
Rabies Vaccinations To The Department Of Animal Care And Regulation 10/11/10 Continued to November 9,
2010 at 10:45 a.m.: 11/11/10 continued to December 7, 2010, 11 A.M. 12/2/10 Staff Report recommends deferring Vet
Rpting Ord to Feb. 2012 while the new Sacramento Regional Licensing Application Form (mutli-jurisdiction) is
implemented and compliance rates compared to projected rates from rpting ord. 12/10/10 BOS unanimous: drop
ord. from agenda, directed quarterly reports on implementation of the Regional Licensing Application Program.
Updated 1/18/07 City of Rancho Cordova December 18 City Council meeting included a new animal ordinance to
fit the city's development following its incorporation and initial use of Sacramento County provisions.
Considerable authority is given to the "Neighborhood Services Supervisor". Michael Rodriquez (formerly of
Stanislaus County) is the Animal Services Manager and has been a frequent witness in favor of state bills in 2006.
On 12/18 the council unanimously waived the first reading and introduced the ordinance; January 16, 2007 agenda,
CITY OF SACRAMENTO City Council approved February 20, 2007 agenda Consent Calendar, Item 13, a
Sacramento County style hi-fee unaltered ordinance amendment newly imposing cat licensing, sales restrictions
and a new administrative penalty provision, having advanced through the Animal Care Citizens Advisory
Committee and the City Council Law and Legislation Committee. City Council Contact Information Adopted at the
2/20/07 meeting was Resolution No. 2007-110 expressly giving authority to enforce listed state and local code
sections through citation and arrest to named animal control officers. At the February 27 City Council meeting, no
action was taken but , the Council was disinterested in hearing speakers and voted to vote the matter at a future
time without additional public testimony. 2/27/07 Item 11 March 20, 2007 City Council Item 13, passed.
Animal Care Citizens Advisory Committee Minutes: 1/07 2/07
NEW ORDINANCE EFFECTIVE APRIL 19, 2007 City of Sacramento Animal Services New License Fees
SAN BENITO COUNTY 2 cities, county operated shelter
City of Hollister City Council May 3, 2010 Mtg Agenda included a report from Police Chief and City Attorney on a
state enabled BSL-MSN ordinance. NEW 5/7/10 9/30/10 City Council Mtg, Mon, Oct 5, 2010 Agenda: introduction of
amended BSL-MSN ordinance classifying bull breeds, Chihuahuas, mixes thereof as "restricted breeds" subject to
mandatory sterilization unless exempt or holding unaltered dog certification. Staff Report Proposed Ordinance
10/5/10 Cty Council interested in MSN all dogs, cats. 11/7/10 Council Mtg Mon 10/16, passed ord as introduced, 3-2
(ayes, Friend, Emerson, Sanchez; noes, Gomez, Valdivia)
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Corrected 6/10/10
6/21/10 County BOS Agenda 6/22/10 Staff Report recommending breed specific ("Pit Bulls" as defined) mandatory
sterilization ordinance exempting AKC/UKC/national registry/law enforcement or service dogs/used for breeding at
licensed breeding kennel; read, continue to July 13, 2010. 6/23/10 BOS adopted, continued to 7/13/10 w/direction.
6/25/10 Board direction, "The Board directs the department to bring an ordinance for mandatory spay or neuter of
all dogs in the near future." 7/11/10 July 13, 2010 BOS Mtg Item 85 (Ordinances) staff recommends final adoption
on Consent Calendar. 7/14/10 Passed on Consent Calendar, 4-0 (Ovitt absent) at July 13, 2010 BOS Meeting.
11/7/10 - BOS has approved contract with PayPal for payment of dog license and other animal program fees.
9/12/11 8/23/11 intro, 9/13/11 adoption, ordinance mandating MSN dog over 4 mos if owner violates any state/local
law re owner obligations unless vet/listed exemptions, subject to appeal of denial; MSN on impound unless owner
qualifies for vet/listed exemptions. Staff Report Ordinance 3/27/12 BOS directs staff to to research and
create a framework for establishing an animal services commission to function as an oversight & recommendation
body, to include a citizen representative component from each supervisorial district in addition to an independent
veterinarian and a representative from the Department of Public Health’s Animal Care & Control Division, and
include a 5-year sunset review date. Staff Report
SAN BERNARDINO City Council on 3/5/07 approved a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for dogs, only, one of seven
council members opposed. Exceptions are for dogs used by law enforcement, veterinary excuses and dogs
registered with The American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club or other national registry AND either have
competed in a show or competition in the prior 365 days OR attained a specified type of title from such a registry.
Failure to meet any of these conditions as well as a verified, written complaint that the owner allowed the dog to
run loose or escape; owner has violated any animal law or the dog has been determined dangerous will result in
revocation or denial of an unaltered dog license. Existing unaltered dog licenses are $60.00. Cat licensing is
voluntary, and cats are not included in the new ordinance. Staff report and ordinance. NEW 3/10/07
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
Chula Vista NEW 2/26/12 City Council, Tuesday, 2/28/12 meeting agenda includes an action item, Staff presentation
of proposed animal ordinance amendments nothwithstanding many advisory meetings since fall '11 with citizens,
recommending intro/waive first reading: "ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CHULA VISTA REVISING TITLE 6 ANIMALS OF
THE MUNICIPAL CODE AND ADDING NEW SECTION 061 DEFINITIONS SECTION 262 MANDATORY SPAY/NEUTERING
SECTION 632 MICROCHIPPING AND SECTION 633 GENERALLY". Staff Report 2/28/12 CV Existing Ordinance
Chula Vista Proposed Ordinance, 2/28/12 3/1/12 @2/28 Mtg Some contentious items removed, further action
pending: 3/13/12 Council Agenda item 3, Ordinance, Second Reading, for adoption. Staff email: "The pet housing
requirements for pet sellers was removed. The reptile provision was modified as requested by the reptile
representatives. The seeing eye dog provisions for food establishments was changed to service animals." 3/10/12
3/13/12 Council adopted ordinance, 2nd reading, rejected requests to postpone, continue stakeholder input.
9/12/12 @9/11 Council mtg, additional ordinance amendment approved with minor changes; 2nd rdg, Tues, 9/25/12.
10/2/12 FINAL ordinance passed 4-1 on Tuesday, 9/25/12.
IMPERIAL BEACH introduced amendments to its animal ordinance featuring an "owner/guardian" substitution
with the intent to place on owners a "higher burden" and definition: "“Owner/guardian" means any person, other
than a veterinarian or operator of a kennel, who owns, keeps, or harbors an animal for at least fifteen (15)days. If
an animal has more than one owner/ guardian then all such persons jointly and severally responsible for the duties
imposed on an owner/guardian in this Chapter." updated 7/7 At its July 5 meeting, the Imperial Beach City Council
unanimously passed the guardian proposal. Second and final passage July 19, 2006.
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO made 3 separate amendments to its animal ordinance in late 2005
including spay/neuter and breeding regulations specifically for Pit Bulls. San Francisco Commission on Animal
Control and Welfare meets monthly, second Thursday except December, City Hall. Agendas, Minutes & More
Lawmaking body is Board of Supervisors, 11 members, elected by district.
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:
7/13/06 CITY OF LODI on July 5 approved dog and cat license fee and other shelter fee increases despite an
estimate of only 15.6% compliance. Unaltered licenses rise from $20 to $50 and altered from $6 to $10. Low cost
s/n vouchers for low income residents were also approved. The Lodi Record reports that license fee increases
will not take effect until February 1, 2007. Lodi, which has its own animal shelter, is one of 7 cities in San Joaquin
County (population estimated 613,500): Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, and Tracy.
CITY OF MANTECA Manteca Animal Services City Contact Directory Manteca City Council Meeting, 8/18/08
agenda item C.2, Police Chief's recommendation to introduce CA SB 861 (2005) enabled breed specific "pit bull"
ordinance: Introduced, passed first reading. (See Ripon, below for model.) 9/2/08 Council Agenda Item No. A.07
(page 19 of PDF doc) waive final reading and adopt ordinance. 9/3/08 Ordinance adopted, 5-0. 9/5/08 ORDINANCE
3/14/09 March 17, 2009 Council agenda Item C.1, introduce MSN ordinance for ALL dogs. 4/6/09 Council Agenda
Police 1.CC Waive 1st rdg/introduce Ord 1434, msn all dogs/microchip redeemed dogs/cats, Staff Report. 3/14/09
minutes extract 4/16/09 Confirming 4/7/09 minutes, Council vote 4-0, oppose intro of MSN ord.
Updated 1/25/08 CITY OF STOCKTON at the 9/11/07 City Council meeting passed a number of ordinance changes
and fee increases ($100 unaltered dog/cat licenses, 1/2 rate Seniors over 55 & microchip required) expected to be
enacted by the County, as well. Stockton City/San Joaquin County Shelter
UPDATED 9/11/06 CITY OF RIPON August 15 City Council introduced a SB 861 enabled ordinance based on the
original San Francisco version but adding Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers. 8/15/06 Minutes The ordinance
was adopted unanimously on September 5 and will be effective date October 5. Copying SF wording resulted in
use of the guardian term in the proposal but is undefined and not in the existing municipal code.
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
New 6/20/08 County Grand Jury Report, “Animal Shelter Services — What’s Going On,” June 2008
SAN MATEO COUNTY: Historical San Mateo County POP Information
4/29/07 3 year extension of San Mateo County contract with Peninsula Humane Society. County-20 Cities Contract.
7/10/11 April, 2011, BOS, 4 year extension of San Mateo County contract with Peninsula Humane Society/20cities, to
June 30, 2015.
AMENDED DANGEROUS ANIMAL ORDINANCE WAS ADOPTED BY THE 20 CITIES WITH ADDITIONAL VARIATIONS, 2005
January 10 & 24, 2006 Council Meetings City of Belmont is now considering its amendments to incorporate SMC
provisions into its animal ordinance. Belmont was the first SMC city to enact the "Pet Overpopulation Ordinance"
in November, 1994, including substituting the SMC limit/fancier permit for no limit. The ordinance was last
amended in 2003 and has not updated its fee schedule (codified rather than set by resolution.)
City Attorney Report
City of Millbrae, one of 20 San Mateo County cities, enacting the County amended dangerous dog provisions
revised its entire animal ordinance. Only Millbrae and East Palo Alto still had NO limit laws. The new part time
police chief proposed a 3 dog/3cat limit with police issued permit for more and 4 of any other pet species with
police issued permit PLUS County "Pet Overpopulation" provisions and cat licensing and mandatory rabies
vaccination. Introduced as new business on October 25, the matter was continued to the November 8 meeting.
Millbrae, California City Council agenda animal control material, October 25, 2005
October 25, 2005 Minutes for Animal Control Agenda Item
November 8, 2005 City Council Agenda "Addendum to Animal Control Staff Report" 11/1/2005
from Thomas R. Hitchcock, part time Chief of Police from Brisbane argued that numerical limits are reasonable; cat
licensing is "not crucial," but "Spaying/neutering is recommended by PHS precisely because they want to avoid
euthanasia." He then incorrectly implied that the county ordinance was enacted in 1970. The second page was a
list of limits in SMC jurisdictions. "Addendum to Animal Control Staff Report"
At the November 8 meeting, the Millbrae City Council introduced the new ordinance and passed it, 5-0.
Millbrae City Council Minutes, November 3, 2005 The ordinance second reading was unanimously approved on the
Consent Calendar on November 22. New 2/07/07 Millbrae Cat law and regulations, 2006 New 3/21/07 Ordinance
New 6/11/07 City Council comments re Animal Control Contract Renewal 3/4/12 Midnight, last remnants of MPD,
after 63 years - 8 Crown Vics and an F-150. Not a surprising end. SMC Sheriff's Department, in charge.
CITY OF SAN CARLOS, another San Mateo County city that amended its limit law downward from 3 to 2 in
conjunction with the county dangerous animal amendment. Existing law provided police department administered
permits for excess dogs or cats only for rescue purposes (up to 4 months) or "exigent circumstances" necessary
for the health and safety of the property owner or resident. The new law, effective January 12, 2006, includes a
$100 (established by resolution) per animal permit for more than two dogs or two cats that go outdoors. The
ordinance copy was furnished by the City Clerk. Note that list of sections is not complete and some additional
provisions from the prior San Carlos ordinance are included, however, previous permit sections are repealed.
There are no breeding permits, cat licensing/rabies or s/n on second impound provisions.
San Carlos Ordinance - 2006
COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA CITIES: GOLETA LOMPOC SANTA BARBARA SANTA MARIA SOLVANG
County Board of Supervisors (5 members) Animal Services
3/26/08 As noted in Lompoc, below, County Animal Services Director Jan Glick favors "mandatory spay neuter" and
a draft proposal for the County has been developing for months. 4/28/08 AC has requested BOS agenda item for
the May 6 meeting to receive a report and provide direction on the development of the MSN ordinance; authorize
outreach efforts for public input; and direct return and plan for implementation. This was approved and set at the
4/22/08 BOS meeting, sponsored by Supervisors Carbajal and Gray, motion by Wolf, second by Gray, unanimously
carried. May 6, 2008 agenda. 5/7/08 Proposed action not adopted; BOS to appoint 11 member task force, 2
appointees per Supervisor (4) and 3 per Chair. 5/8/08 Extract 5/6/08 minutes, motion passed 4-1 (Firestone):
"Create a task force to include County staff and selected members of the community/stakeholder groups (two
members from the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Supervisorial Districts, three members from the First
Supervisorial District) and to return to the Board as appropriate with proposed draft language for a spay/neuter
ordinance." 7/29/08 Applications for the Task Force on Local Spay/Neuter Ord. are due by Friday, July 25, 5 p.m.
9/24/08 The first meeting of the newly appointed Task Force was held today, 5:30 pm at the County Health Dept,
with future meetings scheduled 10/8, 10/15, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 1/7, 1/21 at 3:30 pm. The 10/15 and 11/19 meetings are
to be in Buellton at a yet to be determined location. 10/29/08 Spay Neuter Action Plan Meeting Agenda & Minutes
11/18 /08 Remaining 2008 meetings cancelled due to Tea Fire. Next meeting Wed., January 7, 2009. 2/5/09 Next
meeting 2/18, guest speaker Dr. John Hamil. 5/22/09 Next mtg, Wed., 5/27, 4-6 pm, BOS Conf Room, SB. BOS Hearing
Room, Santa Maria. Teleconference site, Finalizing task force project. 5/29/09 Task Force refers MSN, 6-5 vote,
tie broken by Chair, to County Counsel. Task Force to meet in fall prior to BOS taking up revised ordinance.
9/25/09 Task Force Mtg 9/21/09 reviewed proposed ordinance, MSN: dogs/cats>6mos, vet exemption only, to BOS
10/20/09 to set hearing, anticipated 1st reading 11/3, 2nd reading 12/1. 9/29/09 Handout from 9/21/09 Task Force
meeting (includes proposed ord. provisions); minor changes approved at meeting, not yet available in print.
11/15/09 BOS hearings culminated 11/10/09 meeting introducing/1st reading, directing further amendment of
ordinance per Attachment 8 of Public Health Memorandum dated November 6, 2009 (drops licensing for altered
cats), set for second/final reading 12/1/09 BOS mtg. Reference BOS documents: 10/20/09 Background on Pet
Overpopulation (graphic algorithm) Department of Public Health Letter 10/20/09 - Spay Neuter Task Force Report
and Recommendations SB County Animal Services Presentation 11/3/09 12/3/09 BOS adopts 3 ayes, 1 no, 1
abstain, amended ord/fees, effective 1/1/10: MSM dogs/cats >6 mos. unless combo unaltered/breeder license,
requires vet. certificate, no disqualifications. No altered cat lic. $250.00 penalty, failure to license. 12/7/10 Minute
CITY OF BUELLTON New 3/18/11 [Pop. <5k, white/hispanic apprx 59%/36%] City Council, 3/10/11 introduced, passed 4-0,
County of Santa Barbara MSN provisions. County is the animal services contract provider.
CITY OF LOMPOC NEW 5/4/06 City Council considered and continued recommendation "that the City Council
consider the future amendment of the Lompoc City Code’s animal control ordinances, to strengthen penalties and
control requirements for specific dog breeds exhibiting dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior toward
persons or other animals; and give appropriate direction to Staff." Lompoc Record
Updated 9/21/06 The City Council introduced and passed 4-1 an ordinance, redrafted in accordance with Council
direction at its 9/5 meeting requiring sterilization of ALL dogs (rather than BSL), with some exception. 9/19/06
Memo The 9/5 Staff Report had included a letter from Santa Barbara County Animal Services Director, Jan Glick,
stating interest in pursuing a Los Angeles County style ordinance for the entire county which provides animal
services by contract to Lompoc. An extensive report on the provision of animal services in Santa Barbara County
was provided along with the City's contract renewal. Updated 9/30/06 October 3, City Council agenda, Consent
calendar lists this ordinance with a memo from Keefe stating effective date 11/3 with "rolling" 90--day grace period
as dog licenses renew over 1st yr. 5/26/07 Revised document links for ongoing reference.
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA 3/2/2010 City Council mtg, adopted motion to discuss County (see above) ordinance
issues as requested by 2 members, House, White. 6/25/10 City Council Special Ordinance Committee Meeting,
Bendy White, Ordinance Committee Chair 6/29/10 @ NOON, Council Chamber, discussing County-copy ordinance
amendments. Passed, return to Council later. 8/20/10 City Council Ordinance Com. 8/24/10 Mtg 12:30 pm (prior to
Council @ 2 pm) Agenda recommends review draft language to amend animal ord. to require proof of veterinary
counseling to license unaltered dog and implement licensing all cats, Draft Vet. Cert. ; 8/24/10 Staff Report.
9/30/10 Tues., Oct. 5, 2010 City Council Mtg, 2 p.m. Agenda Item 5, introduce new ordinance re "City Licensing
Requirements for the Keeping of Dogs and Cats Which Have Not Been Spayed or Neutered and Imposing a New
Licensing Requirement for Unaltered Cats." Staff Report Ordinance Draft Scheme parallel's County with
unspecified surcharges to be set by annual resolution. To be reviewed 3 years after adoption. 10/11/10 City
Council Mtg, Tues, October 12, 2010, 2 pm, Item 3, Adoption of Ordinance 12/2/10 Dec 7, 2010 City Council agenda:
proposed new license fee schedule dogs, adding unaltered cats per ordinance, by Resolution. Note, 8/1/10 Police
Department contract with Irving, Texas based PetData commenced for license issuance. 7/7/11 City Council 7/12/11
agenda item, approve Animal Control Shelter Services Agreement With The County Of Santa Barbara $274,401.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Application for Animal Advisory Commissio
Save Our Fairgrounds Yahoo Group, county fairgrounds re-development issues before BOS New 11/21/07
Santa Clara County Animal Ordinance Board of Supervisors on April 25, 2006 voted 3-2 to approve a "Guardian"
ordinance substituting "owner/guardian" for owner. Staff Report, 4/25/06. ORDINANCE. Final adoption, May 2, 3-2
vote. New 5/20/08 On May 8, 2008 the BOS Legislative Committee (Kniss, Yeager) approved a Resolution of
Support for (2007) CA AB 1634 based soley on support materials for the bill as heard in committee last July without
vote. Minutes The Santa Clara County BOS had been listed as a supporter last year without recorded board
action. The current recommendation is expected to be on the June 3 BOS agenda. 5/28/08 June 3, 2008, BOS
Agenda Item 28 includes the request for approval of the Resolution of Support for AB 1634,as amended 7/3/07.
6/3/08 BOS Resolution approved 3 (McHugh, Alvarado, Yeager) - 2 (Gage, Kniss) 8-9/10 BOS refers SB861 enabled
BSL-MSN proposal to Animal Commission for consideration: on agenda 9/16/10 Thu, 6:30 pm. 2/8/11 2/17/11
Commission agenda, review data/info re "pit bulls", bite data, possible BSL-MSN, other proposals, including
amendments to dangerous dog ordinance. 3/25/11 Commission recommendation.
UPDATED 6/27/07 CITY OF SAN JOSE "San José Animal Care & Services hosted its 3rd Town Hall Meeting
on July 27th, 2006. "You are cordially invited to participate in a meeting to discuss ACS recommended changes to
the City of San Jose's current animal ordinances. These ordinances will directly effect the community and some
changes may also impact rescue groups. The agenda will include a summary of recommended ordinance changes
along with Q & A. If time permits other issues of interest may be addressed at this meeting as well. Hope to see
you there. Sincerely, Jon Cicirelli, Deputy Director - SJ Animal Care & Services". Cicirelli is a director of the
California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) of which Marcia Mayeda (LA County) is current president
and other board members include Pat Claerbout of Sacramento County and Rob Miller of Riverside County, all with
recent or current legislative activity. At that meeting, a 4-page memorandum was distributed describing but
omitting many details of proposed changes to the Municipal Code including a "guardian" provision and "mandatory
spay/neuter" of the single permissable unaltered dog or cat (current law) based on provisions similar to County of
Los Angeles (enacted) and County of Sacramento (proposed) as well as being "treated as a commercial breeder".
San Jose City Council San Jose Municipal Code - Title 7 - Animals 2005 San Jose Euthansia Statistics
San Jose Animal Care and Services (SJACS) Program Bi-Annual Update, dated 12/4/06
3/12/07 April 10, 2007 is the latest target date for proposed ordinance amendments to reach the City Council.
Sunshine Ordinance requires final draft to be available online at least 10 days prior to Council date.
3/30/07 Draft ordinance. No MSN provisions; changes from current ordinance (above) are not indicated.
April 10, 1:30 p.m. City Council chambers, San José City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113
4/2/07 Staff Memorandum dated March 21, 2007, analyzing proposed changes with recommendations.
4/9/07 Amended agenda for 4/10 Council mtg. , Item 5.2 "Recommended deferral to 5/1/07 in the evening,
perMinutes administration." Attachment ordinance 4/19/07 Memorandum from Jon Cicirelli, Deputy Director,
Animal Care and Services summarizing “significant” changes. 4/27/07 May 1, 2007, 7 p.m. Council Agenda
Supplemental Attachment (2508 KB file, table referencing changes, additional technical amendments red-lined)
Approve ord. & infraction list.
4/30/07 Memorandum of Councilmember Pete Constant re Agenda Item 5.2, detailing his proposed amendments.
5/2/07 Proposed ordinance being amended, to return in June. 5/6/07 See Specific items listed in Agenda Synopsis.
6/12/07 Revised ordinance set for consideration, 6/19/07 Council Agenda (evening). City Attorney memorandum
explains changes. 6/19/07 Ordinance with "guardian" provisions passed, First Reading. 6/27/07 Synopsis of
amendments passed 6/19; final adoption 6/26. Animal Care Bi-Annual Update to Neighborhood Services Com, 6/14.
COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
City of Watsonville City Council August 26, 2008 agenda Item 8.2 reviews options to increase controls over
dangerous dogs. Staff Report. 8/26/08 City Council rejected pursuing breed specific approach and will develop
other options. 8/27/08
SOLANO COUNTY: Board of Supervisors on April 25, 2006 introduced and passed 5-0 an ordinance to prohibit
"open field coursing" as defined in an earlier version of state legislation, AB 2110, as a misdemeanor crime.
(See AB 2146, bill dropped, but analyses include state law issues applicable to local regulation of hunting.)
SONOMA COUNTY: (2006) ANIMAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hear and take comment on proposed
animal regulation revisions -- including breed specific s/n of Pit Bulls with limited exceptions including AKC or UKC
registration and "trained or kept for the purpose of shows, field trials and agility trials." Dangerous and vicious
provisions amendments follow San Mateo County model." Documents are available at
http://www.theanimalshelter.org/pdf/draft_ordinance.pdf or http://www.theanimalshelter.org
The Board of Supervisors hearing was held Tuesday, April 18, 2006, and finally adopted at the April 25 BOS
meeting: "AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER - 33. County Animal Regulation Ordinance Amendment Ordinance
amending Chapter 5 of the Sonoma County Code, the Sonoma County Animal Regulation Ordinance, with respect to
potentially dangerous and vicious animals (Ready for Adoption) + Authorize the Chairman to send letters to the
cities encouraging similar ordinances." 8/8/2007 Sonoma County BOS will be setting for hearing on Aug. 28, 2007
at 2:15 p.m. a resolution increasing fees and adding new fees for Animal Care and Control Division. 8/17/07 BOS
Consent agenda includes approval of renewal of 1 yr contract w/2 options for 1 yr renewal for shelter vet services
with John Strathman, DVM., not to exceed $104,325 for FY 2007/08. 8/4/09 BOS to Review the Animal Care and
Control Strategic Plan and accept new Mission and Vision Statements; Accept report and staff recommendations
on implementation of management audit recommendations. Note, Cathy V. Neville, new Director, Animal Care &
Control Division, as of 7/14/09. Reference: Sonoma County 2008-09 Grand Jury Report; 2006 Management Review
City of Cloverdale City of Cotati CIty of Healdsburg Healdsburg Animal Shelter
City of Petaluma: Petaluma Animal Services
City of Rohnert Park Rohnert Park Animal Shelter City Council unanimously approved an SB 861 authorized
ordinance requiring sterilization of all "Pit Bulls." Ordinance 752 is effective March 14, 2006. No opposition was
reported. Rohnert Part also has a guardian provision in its current ordinance.
City of Santa Rosa on September 5, 2006 considered a County parallel ordinance including BSL provisions, but
the Council deferred action and directed the City Attorney to draft a number of more stringent provisions. 9/5
Minutes Updated 10/18/06 The revised ordinance was introduced and passed on October 17.
City of Sebastopol City of Sonoma
Town of Windsor on June 21, 2006 introduced and passed a Sonoma county type ordinance requiring spay/neuter
of "Pit Bulls". New, 9/11/06
STANISLAUS COUNTY Stanislaus County Code - Title 7 Animals Stanislaus County Animal Services
*County pop. over 500K, growing 2% annually; 9 incorporated cities: Ceres Hughson Modesto Newman Oakdale Patterson Riverbank
Turlock Waterford (Note: Turlock & Oakdale have city animal control/shelters) ; unincorporated Stanislaus County includes: Bret Harte
Bystrom Del Rio Denair East Oakdale Empire Grayson Hickman Keyes Riverdale Park Salida Shackelford West Modesto Westley
Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors by 3-2 vote in 2005 enacted $100 dog license with qualifying discount, and
$100 litter permits for both dogs and cats based on the San Mateo County model plus City of Los Angeles
provisions. BOS on August 1, 2006 introduced and approved 4-1, Mayfield voting no (first vote) ordinance
amendments recommended by new Director Michael McFarland to eliminate the provision for a 3-citizen panel
comprising "Animal Court" as an administrative forum to be replaced with a rotating panel of attorney hearing
officers and designate this as the administrative body to hear potentially dangerous/dangerous dog petitions
rather than the judicial procedure provided by state law. A Modesto Bee article of 12/6/06 reports, "In an effort to
reduce the use of euthanasia by 45 percent over the next five years, McFarland suggests that the county require
all dogs and cats older than 6 months to be sterilized." (Note, McFarland left position in late 2007.)
New 7/6/08 Stanislaus County Grand Jury 2007-08, Report No. 08-07 concluded that the Animal Services
Department was on track to complete the needed adequate facility and continue funding of s/n services.
Stanislaus County Animal Services - Fiscal Year Statistical Spreadsheet 1987 - December 2007
The BOS has set Tuesday, July 15 at 6:35 p.m. for introduction of ordinance to change license and Animal Services
fees, notably unaltered dog license from $100 to $150. Item 22-B (entire file) 2675kb
Individual items of general interest: Staff Report 2008 Fee Schedule Dog License Monthly Comparison
Chart Comparison Survey: Dog License & Reclaim/Impound Fees
Comparison Survey: Adoption, Quarantine, Board, Microchip, Owner Surrender & Vaccination Fees
7/18/08 Introduction/waived first reading fee ordinance, unanimous; Minutes.
TULARE COUNTY POP 397k+ Dinuba Exeter Farmersville Lindsay Porterville Tulare Visalia Woodlake
1/26/11 City of Visalia (Pop 93k) City Council, 1/24/11, Item 13 adopted resolution raising animal fees, $75 unaltered
dog, $250 breeder permit and more, approved by Citizens Advisory Committee 1/12/11. Animal Control contract
service provider is Valley Oak SPCA. Detailed Staff Report (NOTE: County Code differs from Visalia Muni Code)
VENTURA COUNTY 2012 County Proposed Ordinance MSN "Pit Bulls": presented to cities (exempts
AKC/UKC/"other national registry; law enforcement; veterinary; ID under appeal). 11/5/13 Ventura County BOS
Agenda Item 18, proposed ord. amendments MSN/breeding permits, cats/dogs, commercial sales ban, more:
rationale is "no kill" goal. Staff Letter. Proposed Ordinance (strikethrough version). Hearing Video 11/5/13
Passed 4-1 (Chair Peter Foy), w/minor amendment s/n age to 6 mos. See language in 11/5/13 minutes (6th page.)
Simi Valley City Council, 3/26/12 Agenda item 7A, "Request for direction regarding an ordinance proposed by
Ventura County Animal Services requiring the spaying and neutering of pit bulls." Staff Memorandum
3/26/12 Continued, insufficient information.
City of Ventura
5/4/06 City of Bloomington, December 2005 enacted ordinance substituting "owner/guardian" with numerous
amendments to "reflect current animal-related issues": deletes licensing; adds "humane treatment" specific
standards including time and manner of tethering; increases the numbers allowed before a noncommercial kennel
permit required; allows feral cat colonies under permits/requirements; dangerous/vicious animal amendments
increases breeder permit fees and more. This was the 14th "guardian" jurisdiction
INDIANAPOLIS/MARIAN COUNTY City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee held a public hearing on
October 10, 2006 on a variety of ordinance amendments including mandatory microchip (dogs & cats)/sterilization
of "animals" except "show, breeder, law enforcement, service or competition animal or crime prevention dog."
(LA County copycat concept.) Updated 10/11/06 On 10/11, the Committee revised Proposal 370 to eliminate the
MSN provision and allow optional microchipping in lieu of collar/tags, and this was approved by the full Council
City of Marion has amendments to its animal ordinance that would impose objectionable provisions including
unaltered permits for dogs and cats, “major” and “minor” breeding permits (terminology seen in Indiana) and
requires restraint of animals at all times.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2006, the Marion City Council unanimously passed this ordinance on the second reading,
but in response to strong community opposition, referred the ordinance back to the Ordinance Committee for
possible revisions and return to the Council on April 4 for a third hearing.
Updated 12/31/06 LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY 8TH draft of amendments to the animal ordinance
including breed specific, reduced limits, extensive and expanded requirements for licensing and for dangerous
dogs and much, much more on December 11 passed the Louisville Government Administration, Rules, Ethics and
Audit Committee by 4-3 vote after a motion to table failed. A number of amendments were approved (see minutes)
and the ordinance passed the full Metro Council on December 19, 2006 with many, many amendments, BSL deleted
but unaltered dog covered by provisions typically associated with dogs determined dangerous. A final version is
NOW available. LOUISVILLE, CHAPTER 19, ANIMALS, FLOOR SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. Also see Louisville Animal
Services and for local opposition information, Louisville Pets 1/4/07 Mayor Jerry Abramson signed the ordinance.
Updated 4/6/07 Ordinance re-enacted on party lines, April 5, with minor amendments. 2/18/08 A group of
organizations and individuals filed a lawsuit, still in progress; however, a number of provisions in the 2006
ordinance have been amended in a revised ordinance enacted in December 2007.
10/09 Louisville KC et al v. Louisville/Jefferson Metro Govt was decided by the US District Court, Western District
of KY (federal trial court, i.e. this decision applies only on the facts of this case to these parties and is not citable
precedent in other litigation), upholding the ordinance on all issues raised except two, potentially useful to local
parties challenging enforcement actions.
MICHIGAN MI STATE LEGISLATURE
MI H.B. No. 6395, Rep. Bill Caul, regulation/licensing "pet sellers" of more than 2 dogs or cats OR more than 1 litter
in 12 mo period: FBI Crim. check (may deny if fel/misdemnr animal/domestic violence convic.) $200/yr, issued
locally. Introduced 9/3 and referred to Commitee on Agriculture [Note, 1969 PA 224, MCL 287.381 et seq covers
Regulation of dealers and facilities using animals in research, i.e. excluded from bill; MI Dept of Ag faclities
regulations apply to covered sellers.) Update 9/8/08, HB 6395 is being withdrawn.
SF 121 by State Senator Don Bezold (D-51) would enact the Dog and Cat Breeders Acts requiring state licensing
and regulation by the Board of Animal Health based on a numerical threshold of possessing, as expressly defined,
6 or more “adult, intact breeding females” without distinction as to species and imposes far more onerous and
stringent standards than for other state licensees or would likely be adopted through rulemaking or any
stakeholder input process. 2 additional co-authors have been added. Updated 2/14/07
CITY OF GREAT FALLS City Commission on January 2, 2007 conducted a public hearing and final reading of a
replacement animal ordinance. Registration for cats at 8 weeks and cat confinement, limits of 2+2 w/o multiple
animal permit and commercial kennel license limited by zoning for "breeding dogs, cats, reptiles or any pet animal
for compensation are issues of concern. The Staff Report cited the work of "The Blue Ribbon Committee for
Animal Control Issues." Staff then revised the ordinance with additions including hobby breeder permits (2 dog
litters, 4 cat litters, offspring removed by 4 months), and with no further hearing the new ordinance was
unanimously passed on January 16, 2007. 1/16/07 amended provisions Final Ordinance, effective July 1,
2007. Updated 2/1/07
NORTH LAS VEGAS On 1/2/08 passed an amended animal ordinance as well as a mandatory sterilization ordinance.
Unaltered dog/cat licenses, $25 annually, limit 3 each >3 mos., MSN by 4 mos. unless medical exemption or fancier
permit, limit 6, $25 annually. New 1/8/08
UPDATED 8/8/06 A 3401 (Cohen/Voss) breaks new ground in attempting to restrict breeding and sales of
cats and dogs through state law and regulation, but it does build on a framework of existing law and regulation.
Bill PDF HTML Reference material. Current state forms for Pet Dealers and Pet Stores. Responding to
opposition submitted by email, Assembly Deputy Speaker Neil M. Cohen has responded, "First, I want to thank
everyone who sent an email regarding the above legislation. The bill as currently introduced is not going to be
moved without major changes, many of which I know must be modified. Please forward your suggestions by email,
if you can, regarding the legislation, and any ideas to improve the same. For those who don't know, I am a
protector of animals, particularly dogs, and the consumers who purchase puppies. Our dialogue will continue with
respect to this legislation. Thank You"
New 2/14/07 HB 1106, the Pet Owner Responsibility Act would codify as New Mexico state law the Los Angeles
County mandatory spay/neuter model and extend it to cats. Updated 3/12/07 Author has dropped the bill.
NEW 12/30/06 Governor Bill Richardson's 12/30/06 press release detailing a $3.6 million animal protection package
to be presented to the Legislature next month.
UPDATED 6/11/06 City of Albuquerque already had an animal ordinance with some unusual provisions and a hobby
breeding facility permit ($50 per year) limited to persons involved in controlled breeding of dogs, cats, or ferrets
which are registered with a nationally or internationally recognized animal registry organization but additional
competing restrictive ordinances elevate this city to red flag status for relocation or placement. The a proposal by
Mayor Chavez, the "SNAP" or "Spay Neuter Albuquerque Pets Ordinance" intended as an alternative to the "Heart"
ordinance (see below) would require, "All dogs and cats owned by any person in the City of Albuquerque shall be
spayed or neutered. SNAP would not apply to hobby breeders, but hobby breeders are the only persons who may
legally possess a dog or cat in the Albuquerque city limits if the dog or cat is capable of breeding. Intact Animal
Permits are hereby abolished and shall not be granted in the future. Dogs and cats that already exist and reside in
households in the City as of the effective date of the enactment of SNAP shall be microchipped but do not have to
be spayed or neutered until December 31, 2007."
Council Member Sally Mayer's (pronounced "my-a") 65-page "HEART" Humane and Ethical Animal Rules and
Treatment ordinance to replace the existing ordinance with an entirely new, unique rhetoric filled rendition was
heard on May 1 by the City Council for final adoption with public testimony. Councilor Mayer offered 3 separate
lists of extensive amendments and 5 hours of public testimony was taken with the matter continued to May 15
when the Council spent several more hours presenting and voting on numerous amendments with Mayer having
enough votes to sustain her premise of protecting animals at the expense of people. The Council adjourned at 10:
30 pm and to tackle the matter again on May 22. Councilor Don Harris opposed HEART and tried to "help" dog
fanciers with a Los Angeles County "competition" dog copycat definition (including his drafted provision to cover
dogs up to 18 months of age with a statement of intent to compete) to support at lower unaltered fee and allow one
impound without mandatory s/n. On May 22, the Council passed the HEART final version, to be effective August 22
with a 6 month grace period to alter and microchip (or relocate) "companion animals." Introduced August 7, were
amendments "To Clarify the Requirement To Provide Access To Water and To Clarify An Exception To The Activities
That Constitute Cruelty". Updated 8/7/07
DAVIDSON COUNTY The public hearing before the County Commissioners on the proposed ordinance
amendment for a one-time $100 permit to keep an unaltered cat or dog ($50.00 each over 5) is planned for Tues.,
Feb. 13, 2007 in Lexington, North Carolina. The staff report for the Jan. 4 informational meeting indicates a
Commission appointed committee copied the 2004 Buncombe County ordinance on the belief that this causes
shelter intake reduction. 1/17/07
2/14/07 Commissioners defeated proposal by 5-2 vote.
City of Lawton, Comanche County, Resolution 07-06 was adopted by the City Council on February 13, 2007
amending the Animal Ordinance with a "Breeding/Advertising/Transfer permit" or "(B.A.T.)" and some unusual and
troubling provisions. New 2/21/07
OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Updated 12/9/06 2005 H 606, as introduced (companion SB 342, not assigned to committee) would create a new
state licensing and regulatory authority for "commercial dog kennels, commercial dog intermediaries, animal
rescues for dogs, and animal shelters for dogs" as defined and based on numerical thresholds and purposes and
a consumer protection provision for pet shop sales of dogs. Current state law includes provision for county
auditors administering dog license and kennel registration. This bill would also delete kennel registration
references from local authority. H 606 was scheduled for hearing before the Ohio House Committee on State
Government (contact info), Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. A revised, expanded version of H 606 is now
available. 2/07 This bill died at the end of the 2006 session.
City of Athens has repealed its 2004 mandatory dog/cat sterilization before transfer ordinance prior to trial of the
lawsuit filed against it in 2005 by Petland. A new ordinance of undetermined content is anticipated. 9/30/06
PENNSYLVANIA Governor, Democrat Edward G. Rendell earlier this year removed and replaced members of
the Dog Law Advisory Board and is working to revise regulations pursuant to the Dog Law and propose legislation
to amend the Dog Law. The proposed regulatory changes have been published on for a 60-day comment period
ending February 14, 2007. Updated 2/2/07, The comment period for the draft Dog Law regulations will be extended
for an additional 30 days, until March 16, 2007. Official notice of this extension will be published in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin on February 10, 2007. The Regulatory Review Process in Pennsylvania PA Bureau of Dog
Law New 12/15/06
Updated 4/17/07 Comments of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, April 16, 2007
Rhode Island House bill 7906 SUB A (an amended version), has been enacted and codifies the schemes of the
recently enacted local ordinances requiring sterilization of all cats over 6 months without a breeding permit and
regulation of feral cat caretakers. Permit language and provisions derive from the original San Mateo County
ordinance (see Publications page) except there is no litter number restriction which is not species-
appropriate. H 7906 also imposes a $1.00 surcharge on town dog licenses to fund town spay/neuter funds with
this and permit funds to be divided equally between spay/neuter accounts for designated low income individuals
and for all other s/n programs. There is a 120 grace period for compliance. Towns may, by local ordinance, prohibit
cat breeding altogether. Updated 6/11/06
City of Pawtucket, December 7, 2005 City Council meeting Agenda Item 22. THE ANIMAL CONTROL COMMITTEE
SUBMITS THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE TO BE TABLE ON THE TABLE: AN ORDINANCE IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER
116 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET, 1996, ENTITLED “ANIMALS” –
ESTABLISHING SPAY OR NEUTER REQUIREMENTS FOR CATS IN THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET. This ordinance would
require altering of all cats over 6 months without a revocable "intact permit" at a one-time fee of $100 for a "pure
bred show" cat or one for which the owner signed a statement that it will not be bred. The permit would be
revocable for failure to comply with any conditions, pay any fees or allow inspection of the permitted cat or
premises on 48 hours written notice.
City of Warwick has a similar ordinance pending. This ordinance requires spay/neuter of all cats over 6 months
of age except for individuals covered by a license to breed cats, fee of $100 per cat per year subject to
conditions. Feral cat caretakers as defined are exempt. (Note: City of Warwick has 3 dog, 3 cat limit subject to a
permit for more.) http://www.warwickri.gov
Aiken County, South Carolina Animal Control Advisory Committee will now consider the following ordinance for
the unincorporated county.
City of Aiken, Aiken County in the low country area north of Augusta, Georgia
Aiken, South Carolina proposed animal ordinance amendments, October 2005
November 14, 2005 the City of Aiken ordinance was passed with the intention of being a model ordinance for Aiken
County. The Aiken County Animal Advisory Committee meets on November 29th. Key provisions are:
$100/unsterilized animal ($80 if microchipped) for a lifetime fee. $200 for 5 unsterilized animals and $300 for
above that number. $15 for sterilized animals - one time fee. If microchipped - no fee. $15 for spay/neuter,
microchip, rabies - low income families only. $25/year for a kennel license. A kennel is 6 or more dogs or 6 or
more cats or 6 or more carnivorous mammals (fertile OR sterilized animals!) - requires a kennel license plus
empowers authorized agents of the City to enter the premises of any kennel unencumbered. Exotic animals - One
animal will require a kennel license (includes reptiles and squirrels as well as all other exotic species) Identified
hybrid - wild animal crossbred to domestic dogs or cats. One such animal will require a kennel license. Barking,
whining, howling, yowling, cackling or crowing for 10 minutes or longer constitutes a nuisance animal that can be
impounded. Failure to provide food for a period of more than 24 hours and/or water or other necessary care for
more than 12 hours is a violation of the ordinance and the owner will forfeit all ownership of the animal(s). The
special exemption for the hunting dogs was removed.
TEXAS 254 Texas counties, 1208 incorporated cities
City of San Antonio 9/13/07 City of San Antonio Animal Care Services: See related documents at site.
12/13/07 City Council unanimously passed Chapter 5 animal ordinance revisions.
COLLIN COUNTY Cities
City of Plano 2/15/09 City Council 2/18/09 meeting, agenda item q regarding fees, item r, repeal existing animal
ordinance, adopt new ordinance with extensive revisions, limits, redemption, transfer (no more than 1 litter/12 mos
unless Commercial brder permit, over 4 mos. sterilized, microchipped, rabies vac at 3 mos)
DALLAS COUNTY Dallas City Code (AmLegal)
City of Dallas has long prohibited animal sales from residences by zoning ordinance, and current proposed city
ordinance revisions from the Animal Shelter Commission to City Staff would include: tethering & restraint issues;
mandatory s/n w/o breeding permit, approved registry & club membership at $500 per year and more; limit
imposition of a 6 dog/cat total on single family residences, foster care provider allowed total 10 w/unnanounced
inspections; "miscellaneous" changes and penalties; and changes to the dangerous dog Article. 3/30/08
4/21/08 The "Discussion Draft" 2440 kb with "reasons" for proposed ordinance changes, dated 1/30/08. 5/20/08 The
City Council is expected to consider the ordinance on 6/18 with a vote on 6/25. 6/14/08 The Wednesday, June 18,
City Council Briefing Meeting will consider the revised proposed changes (breeding permit fee lowered to $70;
mandatory microchip for all), draft ordinance and comparison of key provisions to those of a number of other
Texas jurisdictions. Note, unaltered registration fee is $30 + MSN dog/cat at 6 mos unless qualifying for $70 annual
breeding permit. 6/19/08 Ordinance to be on regular council agenda for Wed., June 25. 6/25/08 Dallas City Council
passed ordinance 10-3 (2 absent) after rejecting proposed substitute ordinance, 9-4.
EL PASO COUNTY
City of El Paso, after nearly 2 years, an amended ordinance is agendized for the December 13 City Council
meeting as Item "14. PUBLIC HEARINGS - MAYOR AND COUNCIL: An Ordinance amending Title 7 (Animals) of the El
Paso City code in its entirety, providing that penalties for violations thereof shall not exceed two-thousand
dollars ($2,000.00) per day per violations as provided in 7.04.080 of the El Paso City Code. [Representative Beto
O'Rourke, (915) 541-4268] POSTPONED FROM 12/06/05" http://www.elpasotexas.gov
The El Paso ordinance includes cat confinement, mandatory microchip, periodic canvassing, and breeding permits
for female dogs and cats, $75 for permit covering 2 litters per female within a 12 month period, permit to be
obtained within 10 days of birth of litter. Note, ordinance reference to kennel definition in Title 20 of the Municipal
code reads: 20.02.408 Kennel. "Kennel" means any premises on which five or more dogs or cats, four months of
age or older, are kept; or where the business of buying, selling, breeding, grooming, training or boarding of dogs
or cats is conducted. The retail sale of animals may be permitted as a part of a kennel operation; however, for the
purpose of setbacks and other specific restrictions, a retail pet shop shall not be classified as a kennel. (Prior
code § 25-6 (part))
The El Paso City Council on December 13, passed by 6-2 vote the above revisions, the first in 20 years. East-Valley
city Rep. Eddie Holguin and East-Central city Rep. José Alexandro Lozano voted against the ordinance.
The El Paso City Council at its January 24, 2006 meeting will consider amending , "Discussion and action on an
Ordinance amending Title 7 (Animals) of the El Paso City Code, to provide fairness in the application of this section
of the El Paso City Code and to ensure that the rights of the economically disadvantaged and those living on fixed
incomes are not unduly burdened, by amending certain portions of Ordinance 16229, consistent with the language
of the Title 7 prior to 13 December 2005. [Representative Melina Castro, (915) 541-4400 and Representative Jose
Alexandro Lozano, (915) 541-4515] The proposed amendment recognizes animal ownership as a quality of life
issue for which unreasonable and onerous regulation and taxation more restrictive than state law is detrimental.
City of Austin, the activist Animal Advisory Commission (AAC) of the City of Austin continues to revise its
proposed ordinance with a punitive scheme of intact, transitory, exhibitor (conformation showing requirements)
and breeding permits (AKC/UKC/CFA/TICA breed club members only, conformation showing required) as
exceptions to mandatory s/n of all cats and dogs over 6 months. To date, the City Council has declined to
proceed. 12/19/05 Revision. At its February 2006 meeting, the AAC accepted additional changes to the "Austin
Save a Pet (ASAP)" proposal. 2/06 Revision. The Health and Human Services Department does not support the
ASAP proposal and has its own Staff Recommendations based on common, proven techniques to reduce shelter
intake and euthanasia.
NEW 2/22/08 Austin City Council is to vote, Thurs., Feb. 28 on ordinance amendment providing anyone who
exchanges for consideration (doesn't have to be money) more than 15 dogs or cats in a year is a pet trader and
must meet the requirements in the document. Not for profit exchanges are not included to exclude rescues. This
will not exclude breeders. This ordinance first appeared at the AAC on Feb. 19 and has not been adequately
reviewed and includes a $50 "processing fee", mandatory microchip, disclosures and record retention, and more.
NEW 1/2/07 City of Georgetown enacted a new ordinance, effective 12/27/06 requiring $35 breeder permit, $250
pet store permit for pet sales, mandatory s/n on 2nd impound, mandatory microchip on impound or adoption.
VERMONT State Senator Ann Cummings (D-Washington County) email@example.com introduced SB 250
bill proposes to prohibit cropping a dog’s ears for cosmetic purposes or any purposes other than "therapeutic" as
defined. A violation would result in a civil fine unless the person has a prior violation or the cropping was
conducted by someone who is not a licensed veterinarian or was done without providing the dog with anesthesia,
in which case it would constitute cruelty under Vermont’s existing statute prohibiting mutilation. The bill does not
prohibit owning, harboring, selling, buying, or adopting a dog with cropped ears or showing a dog with cropped
ears in a dog show or competition. Senator Cummings is a former City Council member and Mayor of Montpelier
and a multi-term Senator elected with support of Emily's List helping pro-choice Democrats. She obtained a real
estate sales license in 2004 and is at Coldwell Banker Heney in Montpelier.
Hearing was held before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Friday, January 20, 2006, and the bill was reported
favorably on January 31 with recommendation of amendment. S.250 as amended and passed by the Senate was
assigned the House Agriculture Committee and heard on March 15 but never voted.
UPDATED 5/24/06 The Vermont Legislature adjourned.
City of Tacoma City Council amendments to the existing ordinance Title 17, Ordinance No. 27558 passed its Final
Reading unanimously Tuesday, December 5, 2006. This amends Chapters 17.01 through 17.05 of the Municipal
Code relating to animal control, enacting uniform civil infraction penalties for violations and civil infraction
options for barking/animal noise violations, removing conflicts with state law and clarifying animal control
procedures. On Tuesday, December 12, a public hearing was held on additional Police Department proposed
changes to Title 17 including limit reductions, breeding permits, MSN on impound - no non-medical exceptions,
ban on livestock, poultry and dangerous dogs, new law for "problem owners" and new law on responsibilities of
owners. This agenda item was a sketchy conceptual policy proposal rather than a drafted ordinance from which
specific issues can be raised. The hearing ran from 5:37 p.m. to 7:46 p.m. City of Tacoma Animal Control
Updated 3/20/07 Public Safety and Human Services Committee on Thursday, March 22 at 5:00pm in Room 708 of
the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street - Highlights & Contacts Proposal Amendments
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