California Senate Bill 250, which would have required spay or neuter surgery for most of the state’s dogs and cats, failed passage in the State Assembly last week on a vote of 28-40. SB 250 had moved to a third reading in mid August after being shelved as inactive for almost a year.
The aim of the bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, was to help curb pet overpopulation.
SB 250 would have called on cat owners to spay or neuter their cats at 6 months of age if the cats were allowed to roam at large. The bill also would have required the sterilization of all dogs at 6 months old unless the owner received an unaltered dog license.
Among other requirements, SB 250 also would have required anyone who sells or adopts out an intact dog, regardless of the dog’s age, to provide the licensing agency with the name and address of the new owner within 10 days.
The American Kennel Club, a longtime opponent of the bill, sent out a media alert reaffirming its stance and thanking its supporters.
“AKC thanks the many federations, clubs, fanciers and responsible dog owners who took the time to call and write their legislators throughout this process,” AKC said in its alert.
The State Legislature has now adjourned their 2009-2010 regular session.