Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Whittier-MSN ordinance Defeated

The defeat of the MSN ordinance in Whittier (CA) is a done deal. The amended ordinance, which adopted Los Angeles County's Title 10 animal-control ordinance with the very prominent exclusion of MSN, was passed at last night's Whittier City Council meeting as a pro forma item on the consent calendar. There was no AR opposition and L. A. County staffers were also absent from the proceedings. 
Many, many thanks go to Carol Hamilton, Nancy Fenoglio, Dean Lund, Cheryl Malooly, Dr. Dennis Voorheis of the Washington Blvd. Animal Hospital in Whittier, and all the other team members who participated and testified at the definitive council meeting on Aug. 11. 
Special thanks go to Chuck Bridges, president of the California Federation of Dog Clubs (CFODC), and his board for all their help and support. 
And finally, three cheers for the Whittier City Council and their 5-0 vote last month to support their city's responsible dog owners and their canines. We need many more thoughtful and enlightened public officials who make sound public policy based on hard data and good science. 
Here's a photo of Sarah Pingol of our team with her rally/obedience Dobie Ayala, and me with my retired show Wheaten Bammie,at the grand opening of the beautiful new Whittier Dog Park on Aug. 15 with Mayor Fernando Dutra, Councilwoman Cathy Warner, and Mayor Pro Tem Joe Vinatieri.

Connie Koehler
Connemar Wheatens
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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