Dog Breeding, Spay/Neuter Ordinance Public Hearing and Vote April 18
A public hearing on the County’s proposed dog breeding and spaying/neutering ordinance for all breeds of dogs will be held at the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 18, 2006, Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced. Prepared by the County’s Department of Animal Care and Control, County Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, the ordinance provides breeding restrictions and mandatory spay/neuter programs for all dog breeds. There will be exemptions for medical problems, show dogs and other situations that are currently being identified. On February 21, 2006, the Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation by the director of Animal Care and Control to include all dog breeds in the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance and continued this item until the public hearing on April 25, 2006. However, since the Board of Supervisors’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C. is on April 25, the item was moved up one week to April 18. In addition to reducing stray dog overpopulation and euthanasia in County shelters, this ordinance will protect public safety and increase enforcement to encourage responsible pet ownership.