Santa Clara County, CA: Board rejects breed-specific MSN

County says no to mandatory spay/neuter of pit bulls, other dogs

May 11, 2011 By Lindsay Weaver

Pit bulls and other large dogs residing in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County won’t be subject to a mandatory spay and neutering ordinance after the county board of supervisors Tuesday pulled back the leash on a strict ordinance proposed last August.

The board accepted the report by county staff and an independent advisory committee that decided the feasibility and challenges of enacting a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for pit bull-like dogs would not “achieve the desired public safety outcome,” according to the staff report.

Instead, the board agreed at Tuesday’s meeting to change some of the language used in an ordinance that will expand the free and low-cost spay/neuter program and explore starting a pilot program at elementary schools to inform students on how to act around dogs to decrease dog bites.

The ordinance will come back to the board for a first and second reading, then a vote for approval. The language changes had to do with attacks that happen on the dog owner’s property. […]

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