Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fwd: USDA Posts Guidance Document on Retail Pet Store Rule and Importation of Live Dogs Rule

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USDA Animal Care has posted guidance for animal breeders, brokers and importers regarding the Retail Pet Store Rule and the Importation of Live Dogs Rule.
The document provides information to purveyors of USDA-regulated animals as to whether USDA requires those individuals to be licensed under the Animal Welfare Act or if they are exempt from licensing. It contains questions and answers that we hope will serve as a helpful reference. Covered topics include: USDA compliance inspections; applying for a USDA license; exempt sales; shipping dogs; and importing dogs for resale or adoption.
The document is posted here.
At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Carpinteria-MSN proposal

Dear AKC Delegates, Club Officers, Breeders and Legislative Liaisons,

Please pass this information on to your club members in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County, CA areas.

The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department has just become aware that the Carpinteria City Council will have a final vote on an ordinance Monday, September 28th that would establish mandatory spay/neuter of dogs and cats in the city unless the owner qualifies for an exemption. It also would require breeders to purchase a $100 breeding permit and submit to warrantless inspections of their private property.

As AKC and our local clubs were unaware of this proposal when it was first heard on September 21st, the measure initially passed on a 5-0 vote. It is imperative that responsible owners and breeders attend this meeting and oppose these burdensome and ineffective proposals.

Carpinteria City Council

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: City Council Chambers at 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA

The full draft of the ordinance can be seen online here , Item 9. Provisions include:

Section 6.04.590: Prohibition against Unaltered Dog or Cat; exemptions

Animals may only remain intact if one the following exemptions apply:

The dog or cat is a breed approved by and is registered with the American Kennel Club or a similar foreign registry recognized by the Code Compliance Division, whose program and practices are consistent with the humane treatment of animals, and the dog or cat is actively used to exhibit or compete and has competed in at least one legitimate exhibition or sporting competition hosted by, or under the approval of, the American Kennel Club or a similar foreign registry, within the last two years, or is being trained or groomed to exhibit or compete and is too young to have yet competed.
The AKC does not believe this is reasonable as there are many reasons including work commitments, illness, whelping of a litter and other circumstances which might prevent an owner from competing in a show every year.
The dog has earned, or if under three years old, is actively being trained and in the process of earning, an agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, hunting, working, or other title from a registry or association approved by the Code Compliance Division.
The dog is being, or has been, appropriately trained and is actively used in a manner that meets the definition of a guide, signal or service dog as set forth in Penal Code section 365.5, subdivisions (d), (e) and (f), or the dog is enrolled in a guide dog program administered by a person licensed under Business and Professions Code section 7200 et seq.
The dog is being, or has been, appropriately trained and is actively used by law enforcement agencies, the military, or search and rescue organizations, for law enforcement, military, or search and rescue activities.
The wording of this section fails to recognize that most search and rescue dogs are privately owned, trained and handled.
The owner of the dog or cat provides a letter to the Code Compliance Division from a licensed veterinarian certifying that the animal's health would be best served by spaying or neutering after a specified date; or that due to age, poor health, or illness of the animal, it is detrimental to the health of the animal to spay or neuter the animal; or that arrangements have been made to spay or neuter the dog or cat within 60 days after the compliance deadline and the dog or cat is spayed or neutered within that 60-day period. This letter shall include the veterinarian's license number and the date by which the animal may be safely spayed or neutered. The letter shall be updated periodically as necessary in the event the condition of the animal changes.
Veterinarians may be reluctant to provide these exemptions. 
The owner of the dog or cat is an AKC "Breeder of Merit."
While we appreciate the esteem accorded to the AKC Breeder of Merit program and are extremely proud of those who have achieved this honor, we do not feel that it is appropriate to use it in this legislation. The AKC Breeder of Merit program recognizes decades if not a lifetime of work in responsible dog breeding. To ensure future generations of well-bred dogs we need to protect the rights of new and younger breeders. AKC provides many resources to educate these new breeders about responsible breeding practices including a quarterly newsletter, workshops and access to the cutting edge canine health supported by our AKC Canine Health Foundation. Subjecting these breeders to costly permits, invasive warrantless searches and restrictions endangers the ability of residents to obtain well-bred dogs from local breeders in the future.
The dog or cat has a valid breeding permit issued to the owner by the Code Compliance Division.
The American Kennel Club opposes the spay/neuter laws and arbitrary breeder permits as ineffective because they fail to address the underlying issue of irresponsible ownership. California state law already provides for the sterilization of animals adopted from shelters and mandates that the license fee for intact animals be at least double that of sterilized animals. The mandatory sterilization requirements proposed in this ordinance will merely punish those who are responsible owners and breeders, and the irresponsible owners who are not complying with current laws are likely to continue their behavior. 

Many communities that have implemented mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) policies have found them to be ineffective and expensive. For example, after Dallas, Texas enacted MSN policies in 2008, it experienced a 22 percent increase in animal control costs and an overall decrease in licensing compliance. MSN laws often result in owners either ignore animal control laws entirely, or relinquishing their pets to the public shelter to be cared for at the taxpayers’ expense rather than pay for expensive sterilization surgery or breeder permits. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), some owners also opt to avoid rabies vaccinations and other general veterinary care in order to hide their lack of compliance with MSN laws. 

Section 6.04.620: Breeding Permit

The fee for this permit will be $100 and a separate permit is required for EACH animal to be bred.
These burdensome fees are not reasonable when there is no proof that responsible breeders are contributing to animal control problems in Carpinteria.
Limits residents who own female dogs to a single litter per household per year unless written permission is obtained from the animal control director.
This is a decision that should be made by the owner in consultation with his/her veterinarian. It is unclear what animal husbandry qualifications the Carpinteria Animal Control Director possesses that would render him/her better suited to make these decisions.
Requires breeders to submit to inspections of their property.
It seems ludicrous that law enforcement would need to obtain a warrant for someone suspected of a major felony but a person who breeds dogs does not deserve the same considerations or protections.
Requires breeders to provide their permit number to puppy purchasers and in advertisements.
Requires breeders to provide the department with contact information for puppy purchasers.
AKC Breeders of Merit are exempt.
Section 6.04.630: Prohibition on the Sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores

Prohibits the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in any pet store, retail establishment or commercial establishment, with the exception of animals obtained from an animal shelter or rescue group.
AKC Resources:

AKC Position Statement: Canine Population Issues 
AKC Position Statement: Spaying and Neutering 
Mandatory Spay-Neuter Issue Brief 
Issue Analysis: Why Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws are Ineffective 
What You Can Do:

Attend the Carpinteria City Council Meeting on Monday, September 28th at 5:30 PM and speak in opposition to this burdensome and ineffective measure.
If you are unable to attend this hearing, please contact the council members via phone call or email asking them to oppose this ordinance.
Carpinteria City Council

City Council – The city’s phone number is (805) 684-5405.

Mayor Gregg A. Carty

Vice-Mayor, Fred Shaw

Councilman Al Clark

Councilman Wade Nomura

Councilman J. Bradley Stein



Monday, September 14, 2015

Elephant Guide Ban

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
September 14, 2015


Dear Governor Brown,

The California Federation of Dog Clubs is an association of thousands of dog owners across the State of California. Formed in 1990, the CFoDC works tirelessly to promote animal welfare, educate the public regarding responsible animal ownership, and protect the rights of responsible animal owners. We administer a disaster relief fund, conduct breed ID workshops for shelter personnel, and provide educational information regarding responsible pet ownership. We also staff a toll-free assistance line for animal owners who need advice regarding pet training and behavioral issues.

The CFODC requests your VETO of SB 716; Animal Cruelty, Elephants. This sadly misnomered bill would prohibit the use of elephant guides in the care of these large animals. Proponents of this bill gleefully admit that a ban on the use of the elephant guide is tantamount to a ban on elephants in zoos and circuses, since the ankus or guide is a routine and necessary tool used to care for elephants.

In fact, today we have the perfect example of the necessity of the use of the elephant guide in Northern California. Fire is burning dangerously close to the Performing Animal Welfare Society's “sanctuary” in San Andreas. Evacuation orders have been issued, along with offers of help from “Have Trunks Will Travel. ” These trained professionals at HTWT volunteered to move the elephants to safe ground using their handling equipment and transport trailers, but PAWS has REFUSED their help. They would rather allow these terrified elephants to remain in close proximity to a fire, to inhale smoke and possibly burn to death than allow trainers to use guides and transport vehicles to move them to safety. If this doesn't demonstrate the insanity and hypocrisy of these animal rights extremist groups, nothing does.

Please choose the humane option of a VETO on SB 716.

Sincerely yours,

Geneva Coats, R.N.

California Federation of Dog Clubs

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

MSN Rejected in Whitter

As you are all aware, the final vote on MSN was scheduled for tonight.  The City Council reaffirmed its rejection of MSN in its final vote tonight.

I would personally like to thank Carol Hamilton (CFODC) and Connie Koehler (CFODC) who led the charge, Carole Raschella (CFODC) who testified in the public hearing, and Nancy Fenoglio (President, CFODC member club) and Dean Lund who called on Whittier City Council members and attended the public hearing and tonight’s meeting.  I’m sure I’ve missed other key players, but I’m so excited, I hope that they’ll forgive me.

And thanks to all of you for your support of CFODC.

Best regards,

Chuck Bridges
California Federation of Dog Clubs

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