Many thanks to Jodi for this concise write-up!
In January, the Ventura County Animal Services Commission approved a mandatory spay/neuter proposal that would apply only to “pit bulls”. That proposal was sent to city governments and county leaders for consideration in coming weeks.
It appears there are many divisions among city leaders with respect to the proposal, and we may have an opportunity to change its course. The cities of Ventura, Oxnard, and Simi Valley, California are scheduled to address the proposed ordinance by the end of March. In April, the commission will discuss the proposal again, and if a majority of cities in the county have approved it, the measure will go before the supervisors.
Regardless of your position on spaying and neutering of pets, it is important to remember that any law that applies to one breed or grouping of dogs involves the practice of breed profiling and is breed specific legislation. Breed specific MSN is fraught with the many problems associated with BSL, and opens the door for future additional breed restrictions.
Please contact the city council members of these cities and encourage them to seek a solution that does not single out one breed of dog. Suggested alternatives can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/6v4j4yy
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Pit bull spay proposal drawing mixed support among cities
By Hannah Guzik, Ventura County Star
Posted March 3, 2012
An ordinance proposing mandatory spaying and neutering of pit bull terriers countywide is drawing mixed support even as Ventura County Animal Shelter workers say the policy would reduce euthanasia rates.
The Ventura County Animal Services Commission approved the proposal in January, sending it to city governments and county leaders for consideration in coming weeks.
The commission hopes each city council and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will adopt the ordinance. If the proposal doesn’t win approval across the board, it will be difficult to enforce, said Monica Nolan, animal services director at the shelter in Camarillo.