Manteca, California Considers Mandatory Spay Neuter Ordinance for “Pit Bulls”
According to the Manteca Bulletin the Manteca, California City Council will today consider,
“a municipal ordinance that would make spaying and neutering of pit bull breeds mandatory in the City of Manteca with one exception – for breeding under strict conditions that require a city issued permit…
• Pit bull refers to any dog that is a Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any other dog displaying the physical traits of any one or more of the previously mentioned breeds or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics that conform to specific standards established by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club for any of the listed breeds.
• Owners unsure whether their dog is a pit bull that requires neutering or spaying, can make an appointment with the Police Department for a staff member to make a determination. There is an appeal provision.
• The only reasons a person may have a pit bull that isn’t fixed include the pit bull being under eight weeks of age, if there is a high degree of suffering serious bodily harm or death due a physical abnormality based on a veterinarian certification who must also say when the operation can take place, the pit bull has been in the city less than 30 days, the owner has obtained or submitted an application for a breeding permit, the pit bull is a show dog but must include proper registration papers, or if the pit bull’s status is under appeal.
• The first violation may result in the department impounding the pit bull and disposing of the pit bull in accordance with municipal ordinances or the owner may reclaim it by paying fees including the department’s cost of having a veterinarian spay or neuter the dog. The owner will be required to make a $100 deposit and then cover the balance of the actual bill before reclaiming ownership.
• The second violation is a misdemeanor publishable by imprisonment in county jail for a period not to exceed six months or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both. The second violation may result in impounding and destroying the pit bull.
• Breeding permit application fees are $100 and come with a list of stringent rules that must be followed.”
Read this article in its entirety here.
Please contact the Manteca Mayor and City Council here and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation in any form is ineffective and unenforceable, as is mandatory spay/neuter.
Also, dog breed standards are not public domain. They are owned by either the respective breed parent club organizations or by the dog registry. AKC-registered dog breed standards in particular are owned by their respective parent club which is a member of the American Kennel Club. All of the other dog registries in the United States own the copyright to the breed standards of the dogs that they register. As such, the use of breed standards in any form of breed-specific legislation for supposed identification purposes is a copyright infringement, and is an illegal usage.