Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DOGS Alert CA AB 485-Pet Store Rescue Monopoly

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CA AB 485 to be heard in Committee June 26

CA AB 485 heads to the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee to be heard on June 26, 2017.

AB 485 would prohibit pet store sales of healthy pets from humane, regulated sources. Instead, retail pet stores would be limited to offering "rescued" pets from unregulated and often unscrupulous sources. Californians already have a shortage of adoptable dogs, and the proliferation of "rescues" trafficked in from other states and even other countries has recently resulted in an outbreak of dangerous canine influenza.

Rescued animals have a high incidence of illnesses, particularly infectious diseases. Puppies and kittens which are forcibly funneled through a shelter or rescue environment prior to placement are exposed at the most vulnerable age to viruses which cause serious illness and even death. Without the ability to obtain healthy vaccinated pets with documented health histories, pet store owners would soon go broke because they are mandated by law to pay veterinary bills or refunds in excess of the original sale price when pets they sell develop illness.

Californians deserve to have a choice when it comes to their next pet. We deserve first and foremost a healthy pet, but each family also deserve the right to choose the breed that is right for them. When was the last time you looked in the newspaper and found puppies for sale? Breeding laws in the state have become so onerous that there are few puppies available at any price from private parties; and now, if pet stores cannot obtain healthy puppies from humane, regulated breeders, our choice is virtually eliminated.

Say yes to healthy pets. Say yes to consumer protections and consumer choice. NO ON AB 485. Contact the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee to register opposition by phone at 916-651-4104 or by fax at 916-286-9343.

Read the AKC alert with contact information for the Committee members here.

Kind Regards,

Dog Owners of the Golden State

 
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DOGS Alert Riverside

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CA AB 485 to be heard in Committee June 26

CA AB 485 heads to the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee to be heard on June 26, 2017.

AB 485 would prohibit pet store sales of healthy pets from humane, regulated sources. Instead, retail pet stores would be limited to offering "rescued" pets from unregulated and often unscrupulous sources. Californians already have a shortage of adoptable dogs, and the proliferation of "rescues" trafficked in from other states and even other countries has recently resulted in an outbreak of dangerous canine influenza.

Rescued animals have a high incidence of illnesses, particularly infectious diseases. Puppies and kittens which are forcibly funneled through a shelter or rescue environment prior to placement are exposed at the most vulnerable age to viruses which cause serious illness and even death. Without the ability to obtain healthy vaccinated pets with documented health histories, pet store owners would soon go broke because they are mandated by law to pay veterinary bills or refunds in excess of the original sale price when pets they sell develop illness.

Californians deserve to have a choice when it comes to their next pet. We deserve first and foremost a healthy pet, but each family also deserve the right to choose the breed that is right for them. When was the last time you looked in the newspaper and found puppies for sale? Breeding laws in the state have become so onerous that there are few puppies available at any price from private parties; and now, if pet stores cannot obtain healthy puppies from humane, regulated breeders, our choice is virtually eliminated.

Say yes to healthy pets. Say yes to consumer protections and consumer choice. NO ON AB 485. Contact the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee to register opposition by phone at 916-651-4104 or by fax at 916-286-9343.

Read the AKC alert with contact information for the Committee members here.

Kind Regards,

Dog Owners of the Golden State

 
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

DOGS Alert Riverside

RIVERSIDE MEETING The City of Riverside is considering the adoption of a Long Beach-style ordinance. The Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for

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RIVERSIDE MEETING

The City of Riverside is considering the adoption of a Long Beach-style ordinance. The Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday May 8th at 1:00 PM at the Art Pick Council Chamber, Riverside City Hall.

The agenda for the May 8th meeting includes breeder licensing and a proposal for a retail pet sales ban. Public comment will follow the staff presentation. Those wishing to comment will need to fill out a "speaker card" and present it to the city clerk prior to the start of the meeting.

This is our chance to stop the licensing of breeders even before an ordinance is drafted. Each individual will be allowed 3 minutes. In the past, individuals have been permitted to transfer their time to another speaker. Our plan is to assign a part of our talking points/arguments to each speaker so that we cover all of our items. We will meet outside the council chamber at 12:00 noon to organize our presentations.

Please contact Terry @ Riversideleg@aol.com if you plan to attend the meeting and if you would like to speak.

Residents are also encouraged to contact the City Council Members serving on the Utility Services/Land Use/Energy Development Committee to express their concerns. Members of the committee include:

Chris MacArthur (Ward 5), Chairman
Phone: (951) 826-5991

Email: cmacarthur@riversideca.gov

Mike Soubirous (Ward 3), Vice Chair
Phone: (951) 826-5991

Mobile: (951) 515-1663

Email: msoubirous@riversideca.gov

Mike Gardner (Ward 1)
Phone: (951) 826-5991

Mobile: (951) 941-7084

Email: mgardner@riversideca.gov

View AKC's alert with links to talking points here.

Monday May 8, 2017
12:00 Noon
Riverside City Hall
3900 Main St.
Riverside CA 92501

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Kind Regards,

Dog Owners of the Golden State

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DOGS Alert CA AB 485-Pet Store Rescue Monopoly

CA AB 485 to be heard in Committee June 26 CA AB 485 heads to the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee to be ...