Thursday, May 12, 2011

Santa Clara County says "No" to BSL

County says no to mandatory spay/neuter of pit bulls, other dogs
May 11, 2011
 By Lindsay Weaver

Pit bulls and other large dogs residing in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County won't be subject to a mandatory spay and neutering ordinance after the county board of supervisors Tuesday pulled back the leash on a strict ordinance proposed last August. 

The board accepted the report by county staff and an independent advisory committee that decided the feasibility and challenges of enacting a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for pit bull-like dogs would not "achieve the desired public safety outcome," according to the staff report. 

Instead, the board agreed at Tuesday's meeting to change some of the language used in an ordinance that will expand the free and low-cost spay/neuter program and explore starting a pilot program at elementary schools to inform students on how to act around dogs to decrease dog bites. 

Spay/neutering laws are in place in San Francisco, Gilroy, San Bernadino, Lancaster, Manteca, and Sonoma County.
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