Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Palm Springs letter


 

Dog Owners of the Golden State "DOGS"

PO Box 1033

Chino CA 91710

www.ca-dogs.org

 

Mayor and City Council

City of Palm Springs

Palm Springs City Hall
3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Phone: (760) 322-8362
Fax: (760) 323-8207

 

July 10, 2018

 

 

Dear Mayor Moon and City Council Members,

 

Dog Owners of the Golden State, a 501(c) 3 public charity, and AKC recognized State Federation, and a voice for California's

Dogs and their owners, urges you to reject any plan to criminalize responsible breeding of dogs in a home environment.

 

California's dog breeders perform a valuable service in providing happy, healthy, well-adjusted and loving pets for the communities in which they live.  Such pets cannot be replaced by the importation of "rescued" animals with unknown backgrounds, health histories and genetic problems.  Banning home breeding would create a void that cannot be replaced, forcing your constituents to travel great distances to obtain pets, and making pet ownership unattainable for many.

 

Palm Springs has a very large senior community, and it is well-proven that pets provide inestimable comfort, companionship and health benefits to seniors. "Rescues" are not suitable for many, and often have special health considerations, making them a burden on their owners. Please do not deprive your seniors of their right of consumer choice and the ability to find the pet that best suits their needs..

 

Home breeders are already regulated by local ordinances which assure animal welfare.

Additionally, what will be the cost of enforcement of such an onerous provision? How much revenue will be lost to your animal control division when people are forced to breed and buy "underground" and fail to license their pets? Failure to license carries an inherent risk of rabies to the community, and just one case of possible rabies exposure costs public health departments many thousands of dollars.

 

We urge you to reject criminalization of breeders, who are one of society's most valuable assets.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

 

Geneva Coats

Director

Dog Owners of the Golden State "DOGS"

 

cc: Mayor Robert Moon, Geoff Kors, J.R.  Roberts, Lisa Middleton, Christy Holstege, Christina Chartier

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

DOGS Alert Palm Springs Considering Breeding Ban

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Palm Springs Considering Breeding Ban

Hearing to be held TOMORROW July 11, 2018

**The City of Palm Springs is considering enacting provisions to completely ban any breeding in their City. There is already a provision requiring pet stores only sell "rescued" dogs and not commercially-bred dogs. Now, the City intends to stop breeding by individuals which they consider "backyard breeding". They define this as "the breeding of dogs and/or cats for any business or commercial purpose on property zoned for residential occupancy."
AKC Government Relations has released an alert with a request that concerned dog owners contact the Palm Springs City Council and attend the hearing if possible, particularly if you are a Palm Springs resident.
More information here:

Kind Regards,

Dog Owners of the Golden State

 
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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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