Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cypress CA to consider MSN for "Pit bulls"

Please pass this information on to any of your club members in the Cypress, CA area.

(Parent Club liaisons – Cypress is located in the Orange County area of Southern California, just south of Los Angeles)

The Cypress City Council will hear a report from staff at their meeting, Monday, January 24th regarding a draft ordinance to require the mandatory sterilization of “pit bulls.” Breeds covered will include Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any dog displaying the characteristics of these breeds. It is imperative that responsible owners and breeders contact legislators and voice their opposition to this discriminatory and ineffective policy.

Cypress City Council Meeting
Date: Monday, January 24th
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Council Chambers5275 Orange AvenueCypress, CA 90630

Breed-specific proposals, such as the one being considered by the council, prevent responsible owners from freely interacting with, showing, breeding or performing pet therapy with their dogs. Shelter costs could also skyrocket under this ordinance as citizens abandon pets that have been targeted due to breed or in order to avoid paying the substantial fines to reclaim an animal.

AKC supports dangerous dog laws that address specific, measurable criteria of dangerous or vicious actions, a method whereby a dog is determined dangerous, and an appropriate range of remedies should a dog be found dangerous.

AKC’s talking points on opposing breed-specific legislation can be found here and our talking points on mandatory spay/neuter can be found here.

What You Can Do:

Attend the meeting, Monday, January 24th and politely express your opposition to any breed-specific ordinances as well as any mandatory spay/neuter ordinances.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please consider sending a respectful email or fax to the mayor and city council stating your objections to this measure.

Mayor Prakash Narain5275 Orange AvenueP. O. Box 609 Cypress, CA 90630Telephone: (714) 229-6699 Fax: (714) 229-6682

Mayor Pro-Tem Doug Bailey
5275 Orange Avenue P. O. Box 609Cypress, CA 90630 Telephone: (714) 229-6699Fax: (714) 229-6682

Council Member Phil Luebben
5275 Orange AvenueP. O. Box 609Cypress, CA 90630 Telephone: (714) 229-6699Fax: (714) 229-6682

Council Member Leroy Mills
5275 Orange AvenueP. O. Box 609Cypress, CA 90630Telephone: (714) 229-6699Fax: (714)

Council Member Todd Seymore
5275 Orange AvenueP. O. Box 609Cypress, CA 90630Telephone: (714) 229-6699Fax: (714) 229-6682

For more information please contact the AKC Government Relations department at 919-816-3720 or Locally, opposition is being organized by the California Federation of Dog Clubs and Diane Amendola at will serve as the contact.

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