Friday, March 9, 2012

Ventura County ALERT - breed-specific spay/neuter proposal

The cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Simi Valley, California are scheduled to address a proposed breed-specific mandatory spay and neuter ordinance for "pit bull" breeds by the end of March. In April, the commission will discuss the proposal again, and if a majority of cities in the county have approved it, the measure will go before the county board of supervisors.
Please contact the city council members of Ventura, Oxnard and Simi Valley to voice opposition to the ordinance.
  • Mandatory spay/neuter results in increased shelter intakes and deaths wherever it has been tried.
  • Existing leash and confinement laws should be enforced to effectively reduce shelter numbers.
  • Attempts to single out certain breeds are both impractical and unfair to responsible owners.
  • Breed-specific legislation has been successfully challenged and overturned in courts.
  • A mandatory spay and neuter law against "pit bulls" cannot be adequately enforced as "pit bull" is not a breed of dog.  Animal control officers would be charged with making subjective determinations as to a dog's breed thus opening municipalities to liability in the event of false identification. 
City of Ventura Mayor and City Council
City of Oxnard Mayor and City Council
City of Simi Valley Mayor and City Council

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