MORE BS(L) on Breed Specific laws –

Even if you do not live in Auburn, California or even in Califorina, these laws do effect YOU no matter where you live so please read, contact the government officials listed at the end of this forwarded email and then share it with others to do the same.

Thank you!

Auburn, CA to Consider BSL, Limit Law on May 24

The City of Auburn will consider numerous changes to its animal control code on May 24, including a mandatory spay/neuter of certain breeds and a 2-dog ownership limit for all breeds. The AKC encourages responsible dog owners in Auburn to contact the mayor and city council prior to the May 24 meeting and respectfully express your opposition to these proposals.

The AKC has numerous concerns with the proposed ordinance, including:

Ownership limit of 2 dogs per single-family home. Those who currently own more than 2 dogs may keep them, so long as they are licensed with the city prior to November 2010. However, this provision also states no more dogs may be kept “until the number of dogs falls below two.” The AKC opposes limit laws, which are arbitrary and do not address the issue of irresponsible dog ownership. Instead, the AKC supports strong enforcement of leash, nuisance, and other general animal control laws to ensure that all dog owners, regardless of the number of dogs they own, are held responsible for their animals. Click here to read more about the AKC’s position on animal limit laws.

Mandatory spay/neuter and breeding requirements for the following dogs defined as “pit bulls”:
Bull Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Any dog that a “reasonable person” would believe to be one of these breeds
Any dog exhibiting the AKC or UKC breed standards for these breeds

Owners of these breeds must have any dog over 6 months of age sterilized unless the dog is in the city for less than 30 days, the breed identification is under review, or the dog is a “show dog”. An annual breeder license is available for “pit bull” owners, so long as the dog conforms to the AKC or UKC breed standard and has participated in a dog show within the past year. Among other regulations, those holding breeder licenses must also submit to inspections and only breed to AKC and UKC standards.

The AKC believes that any law seeking to regulate dangerous dogs should establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible dog owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. Click here to read more about the AKC’s position on breed-specific legislation.

How You Can Help: · Attend the City Council Meeting on Monday, May 24, and respectfully ask the members to vote “no” on this proposal.
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Auburn City Hall
1225 Lincoln Way

· Contact the mayor and city council and respectfully express your opposition to this proposal. Their contact information is as follows:

Mailing Address:City Council
City of Auburn
1225 Lincoln WayAuburn, CA 95603
E-mail Addresses:Mayor Bridget Powers- bridgetpowers@sbcglobal.net

Dr. Bill Kirby, Mayor Pro Tempore- flyingsurgeon210@yahoo.com

Keith Nesbitt- mr.auburn@sbcglobal.net

Kevin Hanley- hanleykh@jps.net

Mike Holmes- njrhs@inreach.com

For more information, contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

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