Category Archives: California

Upland, CA: Committee recommends BS-MSN

The Upland, CA, Advisory Committee has recommended BS-MSN for “pit bulls.”

Please encourage city officials to drop the breed-specific language in their proposal. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance.

Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If you think MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” then it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, Upland can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

Also of note, committee members did not choose BS-MSN in order to control overpopulation. (If so, Chihuahuas would also be named.) Rather, committee members voted for BS-MSN because, as committee member and councilor Tom Mitchell says, there’s a “problem” with “pit bulls” according to “a preponderance of the evidence.” What evidence? We’re not sure. According to city statistics, Labs and Chihuahuas racked up the most dog bites in 2011. “Pit bulls” and German Shepherds came in next. As we would expect from the most popular breeds / types of dogs in Upland.

Upland City Hall, 460 N. Euclid Ave., Upland, Ca 91786
(909) 931-4100
City Clerk, smendenhall@ci.upland.ca.us
Mayor and City Council, citycouncil@ci.upland.ca.us
City Manager, citymanager@ci.upland.ca.us

Upland committee recommends mandatory spay/neuter of pit bulls

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/05/2012 02:00:37 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council Advisory Committee is recommending the City Council move forward on implementing a mandatory spay and neuter ordinance for pit bulls and pit bull mixes.[…]

The ordinance mirrors the ordinance implemented by San Bernardino County in 2010. […]

Committee Member Mark Creighton voted against the recommendation and is against breed specific legislation. […]

Chihuahuas, like pit bulls, also make up the majority of dogs in shelters, Creighton said.

“We should have mandatory spay and neuter for them as well, but we’re not arguing that because Chihuahuas aren’t rabidly aggressive dogs,” he said. “Obviously this conversation is only because of people’s fear of a specific breed.” […]

Full article retrieved 5/7/12 from http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_20556996/upland-committee-recommends-mandatory-spay-neuter-pit-bulls

Ventura County, CA: Oxnard to hold discussion session on BS-MSN, April 17

The Ventura County Animal Regulation Commission wants to pass a breed-discriminatory mandatory spay/neuter law that would only apply to owners of dogs with a “pit bull” appearance. To do this, the county wants buy-in from all of its cities.

Oxnard, CA, will hold a study session to discuss the county’s BS-MSN proposal during the April 17 council meeting at 7:00 PM. The public is given time to comment on the study session after staff presentation and before council discussion. If you are a resident or local, please attend the council meeting and express your opposition to BSL of any kind.

Please encourage city officials to drop the breed-specific language in their proposals. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance.

Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, the county and cities can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

City of Oxnard Mayor and City Council
drtomholden@aol.com, irene.pinkard@ci.oxnard.ca.us, bryan.macdonald@ci.oxnard.ca.us, timbflynn@gmail.com, carmen4oxnard@gmail.com

All alerts for Ventura County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=ventura+county

Upland, CA: City to consider BS-MSN in May

Many thanks to Jodi for this alert!

Upland, CA, city council will revisit possible breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter in May.

Please encourage city officials to drop the breed-specific language in their proposal. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance.

Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, Upland can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

Upland City Hall, 460 N. Euclid Ave., Upland, Ca 91786
(909) 931-4100
City Clerk, smendenhall@ci.upland.ca.us
Mayor and City Council, citycouncil@ci.upland.ca.us
City Manager, citymanager@ci.upland.ca.us

City Council Advisory Committee to recommend changes to dog-related municipal codes, holds on mandatory spay, neuter

Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 04/05/2012 11:49:16 AM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council Advisory Committee on Wednesday tabled discussion on making the spaying and neutering of pit bulls and pit bulls mixes mandatory.

The committee reviewed a proposal from Animal Services to establish the breed-specific code, but decided to return to the issue at its May meeting.[…]

Full article retrieved 4/8/12 from http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_20333450/city-council-advisory-committee-recommend-changes-dog-related

Ventura County, CA: Port Hueneme, Moorpark, Camarillo consider BS-MSN

The Ventura County Animal Regulation Commission wants to pass a breed-discriminatory mandatory spay/neuter law that would only apply to owners of dogs with a “pit bull” appearance. To do this, the county wants buy-in from all of its cities.

We appreciate this excellent letter from P.A.P.A Director / S.P.A.R.C President Diane Rowley Van Sickle (from Simi Valley 3-26-12 council packet). The letter clearly outlines the problems with BS-MSN and specific reasons why it’s unlikely to be effective in Ventura County.

Of all the solid points Van Sickle makes in her letter, the most interesting is that the shelter currently has a discriminatory adoption policy that makes “pit bull” adoption a real hassle. The shelter is therefore pushing a punitive policy, BS-MSN, and putting the blame on the public for not adopting “pit bulls,” when in fact it is the shelter itself that has made “pit bull” adoption undesirable.

Please encourage city and county officials to drop the breed-specific language in their proposals. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance.

Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, the county and cities can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

Here is the current known status of the BS-MSN proposal in the cities.

City of Ventura

The council approved and is putting together a draft for “final approval.” (Not on April 2 agenda.)
Previous alert for city of Ventura: http://stopbsl.com/2012/03/08/city-of-ventura-council-moves-forward-with-bs-msn/

City of Ventura Mayor and City Council
mike.tracy@cityofventura.net, cheitmann@ci.ventura.ca.us, nandrews@ci.ventura.ca.us, bbrennan@ci.ventura.ca.us, jmonahan@ci.ventura.ca.us, cmorehouse@ci.ventura.ca.us, cweir@ci.ventura.ca.us

Simi Valley

Council has postponed vote on proposal until April 9 to get more information.
Most recent alert is here: http://stopbsl.com/2012/03/29/simi-valley-ca-update-council-delays-decision-on-bs-msn/

City of Simi Valley Mayor and City Council
bhuber@simivalley.org; bwilliam@simivalley.org; gbecarra@simivalley.org; ssojka@simivalley.org; mjudge@simivalley.org

Camarillo

City council passed a motion on March 28 “indicating interest in considering” BS-MSN, but did not propose to write up a draft or consider it further. News article: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/29/camarillo-council-interested-in-proposed-pit-and/

City of Camarillo council members: council@ci.camarillo.ca.us

Moorpark

City council will consider proposal at unspecified date. (Not on April 4 agenda.)

City of Moorpark Mayor and City Council  
jparvin@ci.moorpark.ca.us; dpollock@ci.moorpark.ca.us; rmikos@ci.moorpark.ca.us; kmillhouse@ci.moorpark.ca.us; mvandam@ci.moorpark.ca.us

Oxnard

City will hold public forum on unspecified date. (Not on April 3 agenda)

City of Oxnard Mayor and City Council
drtomholden@aol.com, irene.pinkard@ci.oxnard.ca.us, bryan.macdonald@ci.oxnard.ca.us, timbflynn@gmail.com, carmen4oxnard@gmail.com

Port Hueneme

According to news article, council is “supportive of parts,” but I have looked through recent city agendas/minutes and found no official discussion. City council will take up the issue at unspecified date. (Not on April 2 agenda.)

Email all council members: councilwebmail@ci.port-hueneme.ca.us

Ojai

Proposal has not been considered yet.

City of Ojai Mayor and Council email
clapp@ci.ojai.ca.us; blatz@ci.ojai.ca.us; horgan@ci.ojai.ca.us; smith@ci.ojai.ca.us; strobel@ci.ojai.ca.us

Fillmore

Proposal does not appear to have been considered yet.

City of Fillmore Mayor and Council email
gwashburn@ci.fillmore.ca.us; jbrooks@ci.fillmore.ca.us; egonzalez@fillmoreca.com; sconaway@ci.fillmore.ca.us; bsipes@ci.fillmore.ca.us

Santa Paula

Proposal does not appear to have been considered yet.

City Council contact: info@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

Thousand Oaks

Proposal does not appear to have been considered yet.

City of Thousand Oaks Mayor and Council email:
Jacqui@earthlink.net; claudia4slowgrowth@roadrunner.com; cnclmanfox@aol.com; tglancy@toaks.org; jprice@toaks.org

All alerts for Ventura County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=ventura+county

Simi Valley, CA update: Council delays decision on BS-MSN

Simi Valley city council has delayed until a future meeting (date unknown) their decision whether to pass breed-specific mandatory spay-neuter.

The council meeting packet for March 27 contains an excellent letter from P.A.P.A Director / S.P.A.R.C President Diane Rowley Van Sickle. The letter clearly outlines the problems with BS-MSN and specific reasons why it’s unlikely to be effective in Ventura County. It is well worth a read, and begins on page 6 of this PDF: http://simivalley.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=829&meta_id=46090

The next city council meeting will take place on April 9 at 6:30 PM. It is unknown whether this issue will be on the agenda. However, residents may comment during this meeting.

Please encourage the city of Simi Valley to drop the breed-specific language in their proposal. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance. Breed identification is a subjective, non-scientific process, which results in unfair and unequal application of the law. Disputes over breed identification are also inevitable, and appeals and court cases fighting breed designations are expensive and resource-consuming.

StopBSL takes no position on mandatory spay/neuter as long as it is not breed-specific. Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, the city of Simi Valley can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

City of Simi Valley Mayor and City Council
bhuber@simivalley.org; bwilliam@simivalley.org; gbecarra@simivalley.org; ssojka@simivalley.org; mjudge@simivalley.org

All alerts for Simi Valley: http://stopbsl.com/?s=simi+valley

Simi Valley council delays decision on mandatory pit-bull neutering

By From staff reports
Posted March 27, 2012 at 6:21 p.m.

The Simi Valley City Council has postponed a decision on an ordinance that would require residents to spay or neuter their pit bulls, saying it wants more research.

[…] “You’re asking us to do mandatory (spaying and neutering) when the ASPCA says voluntary is the best approach,” Mayor Bob Huber told Monica Nolan, director of Ventura County Animal Services.

[…] The council delayed the matter to another meeting to gather more information from the Humane Society, Simi Valley veterinarian Lowell Novy and others.

Full article retrieved 3/29/12 from http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/27/simi-valley-council-delays-decision-on-mandatory/

Simi Valley, CA reminder: Council to consider BS-MSN, March 26

Simi Valley city council will consider breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter for all “pit bull”-looking dogs, March 26, 6:30 PM, at City Hall, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road.

City of Simi Valley Mayor and City Council
bhuber@simivalley.org; bwilliam@simivalley.org; gbecarra@simivalley.org; ssojka@simivalley.org; mjudge@simivalley.org   

Please encourage the city of Simi Valley to drop the breed-specific language in their proposal. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance. Breed identification is a subjective, non-scientific process, which results in unfair and unequal application of the law. Disputes over breed identification are also inevitable, and appeals and court cases fighting breed designations are expensive and resource-consuming.

StopBSL takes no position on mandatory spay/neuter as long as it is not breed-specific. Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, the city of Simi Valley can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

All alerts for Simi Valley: http://stopbsl.com/?s=simi+valley

Simi council to consider pit bull ordinance

By Mike Harris
Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.

The Simi Valley City Council today will consider an ordinance that would require residents to spay or neuter their pit bulls. […]

Diane Rowley Van Sickle, president of the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center and director of Promote and Protect Animals, expressed her opposition to the proposal in a March 7 letter to the Simi Valley council.

“The better, less arbitrary and prejudicial ordinance would be one that requires all dogs brought in as strays be altered for free as a condition of return to the owner unless the owner can produce (American Kennel Club) papers and a breeders’ license or a statement by a vet saying the dog is already sterile, or too old, too young or too sick to undergo the operation,” she wrote. […]

Full article retrieved 3/26/12 from: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/25/simi-council-to-consider-pit-bull-ordinance/

City of Ventura, CA: Council moves forward with BS-MSN

The city of Ventura is putting together a breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for “final approval” at an upcoming council meeting. This BS-MSN will target dogs that look like “pit bulls.”

Please encourage the city of Ventura to drop the breed-specific language in their proposal. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance. Breed identification is a subjective, non-scientific process, which results in unfair and unequal application of the law. Disputes over breed identification are also inevitable, and appeals and court cases fighting breed designations are expensive and resource-consuming.

StopBSL takes no position on mandatory spay/neuter as long as it is not breed-specific. Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, the city of Ventura can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

City of Ventura Mayor and City Council
mike.tracy@cityofventura.net, cheitmann@ci.ventura.ca.us, nandrews@ci.ventura.ca.us, bbrennan@ci.ventura.ca.us, jmonahan@ci.ventura.ca.us, cmorehouse@ci.ventura.ca.us, cweir@ci.ventura.ca.us

Ventura moves to require spaying and neutering of pit bulls

By Arlene Martinez
Posted March 7, 2012 at 4:08 p.m.

Starting this year, pit bull owners in Ventura will have to get their dogs spayed or neutered by the time the animals are 4 months if the City Council gives an expected final approval to a measure. […]

The Ventura City Council voted Monday to direct staff to prepare the ordinance for final approval. The county hopes every city adopts the ordinance so it can begin enforcing it.

The shelter defines “pit bull” as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier. The ordinance exempts purebreds registered with the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club or “other national registry” dogs that may be too sick or injured to be neutered. Dogs used in law enforcement also are exempt. […]

Full article retrieved 3/8/12 from http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/07/ventura-takes-lead-in-supporting-pit-bull/

All alerts for Ventura (county and cities): http://stopbsl.com/?s=ventura