9 June 2007
Do you care about any of this?
There was quite a bit of discussion at the Membership meeting of
11 June on the California Legisla-ture bill AB1634 which will require
mandatory spay/neuter of all dogs in California over 4 months of
age. This bill has passed the California House and is being considered
in the Senate. The consensus opinion is that this bill will eventually
be passed into law in California. Why is this important to us that
live in beautiful King County?
In a recent E-newsletter (www.metrokc.gov/mkcc/members/patterson
) published by Councilmem-ber Julia Patterson, District 5, she took
credit for the passage of the following legislation.
2007, the King County Council passed Ordinance 2007-0284 which makes
changes to the King County Code relating to abuse, euthanasia rates
and the King County Animal Control and Care Citizen’s
Advisory Committee. Among the changes are:
- Calculating the euthanasia
rate based on the total number of cats and dogs that enter King
County Animal Control Shelters, and reduce the rate of animal euthanasia
from 38 percent down to 20 percent by the end of 2008 and down
to 15 percent by the end of 2009;
- Granting more comprehensive and
strategic roles to King County Animal Control and Care Citi-zen’s
Advisory Committee including:
- Exploring strategies and providing
recommendations on the prevention of animal cruelty, the humane
care and welfare of animals in King County shelters, the reduction
of euthanasia, development of a no-kill shelter policy, and
ways to increase adoptions and participation in spay/neuter
- Analysis of how King County might implement a “no-kill” policy.”
are other items covered in the new legislation, but what is
really important to us is the reduc-tion in the euthanasia
rate, the implementation of a “no-kill” policy
and the desire for increased par-ticipation in spay/neuter
programs. Does AB1634 sound like the answer King County is
Did anyone hear anything about this legislation
being passed? Did you see anything about it in the newspapers?
You may not care about any of this today, but when, in the
not too distant future, a King County Councilmember quietly
announces (through a back door) a mandatory spay/neuter law
backed up by the Coalition for a NO KILL King County (www.nokillkingcounty.org/NoKillDeclaration.asp ) and Pet Data, Inc. (www.Petdata.com) of Irving, Texas, you
may care then.
Take the time to check the links listed here;
you will be surprised about what is going on behind your back.
You might even want to do “something”.
President – Sammamish Kennel Club