Monday, September 19, 2011

CA:City of Irvine proposed Animal Welfare Regulations



City of Irvine proposed Animal Welfare Regulations

Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:02 pm (PDT)

From: Jana Ransom  ;
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 11:27 AM
To: Jana Ransom 
Cc: Brian Fisk ; Sharon Landers ; Michelle Grettenberg 
Subject: City of Irvine proposed Animal Welfare Regulations

The City of Irvine City Council will hold a public hearing on OCTOBER 11, 2011 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers in the Irvine Civic Center. 

The following proposals will be considered:

1) Spay/neutering: no ordinance change will be proposed. Staff will request direction to develop an educational campaign as to the benefits of spaying and neutering animals.

2) Retail sales of dogs and cats: ordinance language will be presented to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats from commercial establishments in Irvine. If approved, this ordinance and all referencing sections of the Municipal Code will g o into effect 30 days after 2nd reading of ordinance (scheduled under "Consent calendar" for October 25, 2011). One existing store will be allowed to continue sales through October 31, 2012. 

3) Circuses and Rodeos: ordinance language will be presented to prohibit wild and exotic animal performances in circuses and to prohibit rodeos altogether in Irvine. If approved, this ordinance and all referencing sections of the Municipal Code will go into effect 30 days after 2nd reading of ordinance (scheduled under "Consent calendar" for October 25, 2011). Animal exhibits, petting zoos, pony rides and other exhibitions are currently regulated in the City of Irvine and will still be allowed subject to the conditions of the Municipal Code and permit requirements established by the Irvine Public Safety Department.

A number of alternatives were suggested for Council consideration or were found to be in place in other jurisdic tions. These alternatives are summarized in a chart (attached) or can be found on our webpage located athttp://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/animalcare/proposed_animal_welfare_ordinances.asp. 

Ordinance language is being developed for numbers 2 and 3 above. Unless the City Council directs it at their meeting of October 11, 2011, no additional ordinance language will be developed for the alternatives. 

Please note: City Council will receive the proposed ordinance language on October 7, 2011. It will be posted on our website by 5:00 p.m. on that date at this site: http://www.cityofirvine.org/council/agenda/agenda_archive.asp(click on agenda for October 11, 2011). 

As I had indicated that I hoped to have the actual language available for review further in advance, I apologize. However, it will NOT be released prior to the City Council first receiving it in the staff report that goes to Council October 7. 

Thank you all for your interest in these matters.

[Also, please forgive any duplicate emails - we are merging lists and some may have been inadvertently repeated.]

JANA M. RANSOM

COMMUNITY SERVICES MANAGER

CITY OF IRVINE

P.O. BOX 19575

IRVINE, CA 92623-9575

(949) 724-6694

jransom@ci.irvine.ca.us

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