Friday, March 11, 2011

Irvine City Council to Draft Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Restrictive Ordinances



Irvine City Council to Draft Mandatory Spay/Neuter and Restrictive Ordinances
Dear AKC Delegates, Judges, Club Officers and Breeders,
Please forward this information to any of your members who reside in the Irvine area.
The Irvine City Council has directed staff to draft three ordinances which will impact how the city handles animals in the future. As the specific language is not yet available, it is not possible to know the exact impact. City staff has approximately three months to make recommendations and AKC encourages responsible breeders and owners to make an effort to educate staff and city council members.  
The memo from the Irvine Mayor's office lists three proposed actions:
  1. Prohibition on the retail sale of dogs and cats
  2. Mandating that all dogs and cats over 6 months of age which are impounded for being at-large be sterilized on a third impoundment
  3. Prohibition of performances featuring large or exotic animals
It is possible that these measures could be changed significantly during this development stage, so it is important that responsible breeders and owners are involved in this process.
Please contact the AKC Government Relations staff at doglaw@akc.org or 919-816-3720 for additional information on how you can help. We are working to connect Irvine residents who can work together in the education process.

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