Pasadena officials have been discussing the possibility of a mandatory spay/neuter law for some time now. In October of this year officials said that they had tabled the discussion for six months.
Initially people were concerned that the proposal, which was breed neutral at the time, was an attempt to target the owners of dogs resembling pit bull terriers.
After supposedly postponing the conversation, officials jumped the gun on the time line given for the discussion and unveiled their intentions by voting at the end of November, 6-1, to draft a breed discriminatory spay/neuter law targeting pit bull terrier like dogs.
The proposal will require that those who own a targeted dog have them altered by the age of four months. This mirrors the recently passed Riverside County ordinance.
People who are opposed to breed discriminatory laws often let spay/neuter laws slide by without opposition because people altering their dogs is a good thing for many reasons. Some of the reasons cited by officials for wanting this law are to reduce over population, and aggression in dogs. These are good things for officials to want to achieve.
They would be good things for officials to want to achieve, if that really was their intent.
The real intention is very clear. They are not considering this because of population issues in shelters. They are not considering this to curb backyard breeders. They are drafting this law because they do not have the option to institute a ban. Since 2008 officials have been discussing banning pit bull terrier like dogs, but are unable to do so because California state law prohibits it. Councilman Steve Madison has said repeatedly that he would support an outright ban on pit bulls in Pasadena. In fact, we reported on this in 2012.
The following are exact quotes from Mr. Madison about the issue:
“…inexplicably, state law prohibits municipalities from adopting breed-specific legislation. So the spay and neuter ordinance is a tepid response to an urgent problem… At present, it’s all we can do, supposedly. We should change this state law and then immediately ban pit bulls from Pasadena...”
There is absolutely no ambiguity about the intent of this proposal when you see what they have to say first hand.
Please write or call the members of the council to respectfully and factually oppose this ordinance. When writing it is of the utmost importance to stay calm and focused. The facts are on the side of breed neutral laws and need no emotional embellishment. Jacque Robinson was the only opposing vote, so a note of thanks for her opposition would also be a very nice gesture. Additional district information can be found on the cities website.
Mayor Bill Bogaard: firstname.lastname@example.org 626-744-4311
Jacque Robinson, District 1: email@example.com 626-744-4444
Margaret McAustin, District 2: firstname.lastname@example.org 626-744-4742
John Kennedy, District 3: email@example.com, 626-744-4738
Gene Masuda, District 4: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victor Gordo, District 5: email@example.com, 626-744-4741, 626-831-8609
Steve Madison, District 6: firstname.lastname@example.org, 626-744-4739
Terry Tornek, District 7: email@example.com, 626-441-4802