Thursday, July 25, 2013

San Diego Pet Store Ordinance passed

It is now illegal to sell a pet in San Diego that was not bred and raised on your premises.

CFA Update:
San Diego Pet Store Ordinance
Passed as amended on July 23, 2013
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Fanciers and all;
The final reading, and passage, for the  City of San Diego "Pet Store selling ban" was yesterday, July 23rd.  The ordinance will take effect in 30 days.  San Diego becomes the 32nd City in the USA to pass a similar ban.  This ordinance goes further than many others; however, because it prohibits any person who is "engaged in retail or wholesale commerce " from selling dogs, cats or rabbits in any pet store or "commercial establishment",  other than those certified as coming from a shelter or 501(c)3 rescue organzation. 
We had a small group of 3 cat fanciers, 1 dog fancier, 2 bird fanciers, 2 pet store owners and a few other people who opposed the ordinance.  We asked for Item # 54 to be pulled from the consent list and were given the opportunity to speak. There were no speakers in support.
Testimony covered our main concerns.  To watch a video of the testimony go to:
We are relieved that the final revised ordinance exemption paragraph (b) language  remains intact. The ordinance does not apply to the transfer or sale of  dogs, cats and rabbits "from the premises on which they were bred and reared."  I asked that this be changed to say "from a residential premises" explaining that cat fanciers do sometimes sell or transfer a cat they have not bred and reared, including strays; however, they did not do this.
Council Member Lightner responded to our request for a review of this ordinance in 1 year and was assured that staff was instructed to do this. She asked many other questions and referred to the unintended consequences we have presented. 
We appreciated the two Council Members, Lightner and Sherman, who voted against the entire ordinance.  Many thanks to those who wrote letters and provided information for the Council and to everyone who attended any of the three hearings on this ordinance.
If a "pet store ban" comes to your city please contact
Joan Miller
CFA Legislative Information Liaison
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Revised Rabies Challenge Fund Study Summary

Based on feedback indicating confusion, The Rabies Challenge Fund has revised its Study Summary for clarification purposes.
Summary of The Rabies Challenge Fund Duration of Immunity Study
A study conducted according to the USDA Title 9 canine vaccine licensing standard, was begun more than five years ago. The purpose was to determine if the duration of immunity from commercially available rabies vaccines was longer than 3 years, with the goal of extending state-mandated rabies boosters for dogs to 5, and then 7 years.
The first rabies vaccine studied was selected based on the superior response it provided in the USDA challenge trials for licensing. Another licensed rabies vaccine was administered to a second, separate group of dogs 2 years after the first study began so that a minimum of two commercially available rabies vaccines would be tested.
The second vaccine selected is the one currently administered to a very high percentage of dogs. Both vaccines demonstrated excellent protection based on antibody testing for each of the first three study years. However, fewer than 30% of dogs in the first vaccine group, now five years since vaccination, had serum rabies antibody titer levels considered positive on the Rapid Fluorescent Focus Inhibition Test (RFFIT). (Note: RFFIT is the rabies titer standard established by the Centers for Disease Control within the USA [0.1 IU/mL] and the World Health Organization [0.5 IU/mL] for export to other rabies-free locations to be adequate to protect humans, not dogs, against rabies. There is no established standard for dogs, which means that the human standards must be extrapolated when assessing protection for other species.) Some of the dogs with low or no detected RFFIT antibody were further tested to determine if they had "immunologic memory". This in vitro test shows whether memory is present or not, even in cases when serum antibody cannot be detected at a level considered to be protective. The results of this further testing indicated that most of the dogs vaccinated five years ago, even without a positive RFFIT, do have "immunologic memory". As soon as a USDA licensed facility can be reserved, we plan to challenge some of those dogs with rabies virus to determine if the memory response demonstrated actually correlates with protection.
Our conclusion from studies with the initial rabies vaccine is that the immunity conferred by that product, and assessed by the in vitro RFFIT, was excellent for the first three years, but declined during the fourth year, and continued to drop during the fifth year. The second vaccine group, which is now three years from vaccination, will remain on study for at least two more years.
Principal Investigator, Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, is preparing results of the study and details described above for scientific peer review and publication. That data will be made available to the public as soon as our paper has been accepted for publication. After completion of the peer-review process, it is our hope that this data will establish the world's first canine rabies titer standard. If this data is further verified by challenge, it will provide a solid scientific base enabling states to incorporate titer clauses into their laws.

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 Pasadena City Council approved the first step in drafting a mandatory spay neuter ordinance on Monday, July 8.

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City Council staff report from 7/8/13 (staff recommendation was approved):

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

San Diego Ban on Pet Sales in Retail Stores

 From: Dr. Kay A. Henderson
Dear Dog Folks,

We still don't know the time, for certain, but we know the date, July 9.  We think the time will be 2:00 pm (see below).  We  need to be a force to reckon with.  This isn't just about San Diego City Council putting the only pet store that sells purebred dogs out of business by restraining trade.  It is in part about San Diego City setting a precedent that rescue animals are a superior commodity to purebred animals.  It gives rescue groups and shelters carte blanche to acquire MX and other foreign stray dogs and sell them at adoption events.  While Pet Stores that buy dogs are regulated by Polanco-Lockyear-Farr and hobby breeders are bound by the Lemon Law (Polanco-Lockyer) these groups are not regulated at all.  Anyone who fills out the IRS paperwork can be a non-profit rescue group  with no oversight.  Some of these groups make Million$$$.  Our border does not regulate the 10,000 puppies that cross into San Diego each year.  That is the job of the CDC and they are not present at our border.  When the poorly bred, malnourished, unsocialized imported  puppies of stray dogs fail in their new homes, they end up in the San Diego County Shelter at the taxpayer's expense and somehow the purebred hobby breeder gets blamed for "overpopulation".  This is a meeting where we must make a stand.  Please  write letters and make phone calls and attend the meeting.  Also share this information with your club members, friends, and families.

We oppose the Ban on Pet Sales in Retail Stores.  We can make certain that pet stores are not buying from bad commercial breeders if the ordinance requires that they purchase only from sellers with no direct (animal welfare) violations.  This is a matter of public record.  We want the ordinance to require that rescues and shelters are held to the same standards of care and guarantees that California pet stores and hobby breeders must meet.  We do not want to see a City prohibit a store from selling lawfully obtained, regulated and legal pets because the very next step is to ban hobby breeders.

Please call or email and say.  "I oppose the ban on pet sales".  Phone calls to Councilmembers all go to the same #,  619 236-555, so dial it 10 times to reach the Mayor and the nine Councilmembers. 

Best regards,

Kay A Henderson, PhD
Legislative Liaison
Del Sur Kennel Club

District 1 Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner  Email:
District 2 Councilmember Kevin Faulconer  Email:
District 3 Council President Todd Gloria   Email:
District 4 Myrtle Cole  Email:
District 5 Councilmember Mark Kersey  Email:
District 6Councilmember Lorie Zapf  Email:
District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman   Email:
District 8 Councilmember David Alvarez  Email:
District 9 Councilmember Marti Emerald Email:
Mayor Bob Filner  Phone: 619 236-6330, FAX: 619 236-7228 Email:

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San Diego Humane Society
Dear friend of the animals,

Pet Retail Ban - bunny, cat, dogAn important issue is before the City Council that I'd like to bring to your attention.  You may recall that I wrote to you about a month ago about a ban on the sale of dogs/puppies, cats/kittens and rabbits in San Diego pet stores.  This ordinance is for the City of San Diego only and represents a vital step to target puppy mills and other large-scale, irresponsible breeders.  The City Council meeting to introduce this proposed ordinance is taking place on Tuesday, July 9th. 

We need your support!

The more support we can show for this ordinance, the better.  If you haven't had an opportunity to contact your city councilmember to express your support, we've made it easy for you to do so.  Simply follow this link to our website which includes more information about the ordinance and instructions for how you can cut and paste an email showing your support for this important ordinance.

Also, if you live in the City of San Diego and would like to show your support in person, you are welcome to join us at the City Council chambers for the meeting on July 9th.  We believe we will be part of the 2pm meeting agenda, but please check the City Council website to confirm. 

In addition, please join us from noon-2pm outside the City Council building for an adoption event.  Other animal shelters, rescues and animal adoption partners will join us to showcase homeless animals in need of a loving home.

Thank you for your support and for taking action on behalf of the animals in our community.

Warm regards,
Gary Signature

Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
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