ccnnc Posted August 13, 2007 Report Share Posted August 13, 2007 Permission to cross post. North Carolina continues to be under attack at the local level with anti-breeder proposals. Henderson County has proposed an addition to their animal ordinance making it mandatory to spay/neuter at 4 months or purchase an Unaltered Animal Permit for *$100 per animal per year*. The County has secured a small grant from PetSmart Charities to spay/neuter about 200 animals for low-income residents once this law passes. Animal Control does NOT record the reasons that animals are surrendered; they record only the numbers of strays picked up vs owner turn-ins. Public meeting to be held August 14th at 5:30. If you cannot attend, CALL or email the county commissioners with your objections. Your county may be next. PROPOSED ORDINANCE: § 66A-25 Spaying and neutering requirements. Unaltered animals permit required. No person shall own or harbor any dog or cat over the age of 4 months that has not been spayed or neutered unless such person holds an unaltered animal permit issued for such animal by the Animal Services Center, or any successor agency authorized by law to issue such a permit, except: (a) persons who own or harbor service dogs or police work dogs; ( individuals who are non-residents of Henderson County and reside temporarily therein for a period not to exceed thirty days; © animal shelters and veterinary hospitals; and (d) Exemptions. Upon a written report from a licensed veterinarian stating that the life or health of the animal may be jeopardized by surgery, the Animal Services Center shall grant a written 30-day extension of the period within the altering would otherwise be required. Further extensions may be granted upon additional veterinary reports establishing the necessity for such extensions. A. Adopted Animals. No dog or cat may be released for adoption from the Animal Services Center unless such animal has been surgically spayed or neutered. People who choose to adopt animals that are under 2 months or under 2 pounds must pay a $100 refundable deposit insuring they will spay or neuter the animal when it is old enough or weighs more than 2 pounds. B. Obtaining an Unaltered animal permit. Owners of unaltered animals must register their animal with Animal Services and pay the fee. The form may be mailed or dropped off at the Animal Services Center along with the fee. Each year after the initial registration, Animal Services will send out registration renewals which owners must send back with the accompanying fee. Owners must provide proof if they no longer need to pay the fee because 1) their animal has been altered; 2) the animal is deceased; 3) the owner no longer owns the animal. C. Fee. The fee for an unaltered animal permit shall be $100.00 per year per animal. TALKING POINTS: · Costs for animal control have greatly increased in areas that pass this type of legislation · MSN and breeder permitting punishes responsible pet owners and breeders while ignoring irresponsible animal owners · MSN and breeder permitting are tactics of the animal rights movement to end breeding of animals and pet ownership · MSN and breeder permitting negatively impacts feral or stray cat caretakers · MSN will have little or no impact on claims of public health and safety problems caused by unwanted animals which can be better dealt with by enforcing existing laws · MSN and breeder permitting fail to address the problem of pet retention. It is undisputable that the number one reason for owner surrender is related to pet behavior and health problems, or the owner’s lack of time or ability to care for the pet. · The emphasis must be placed on pet retention if animal control and shelter intake is to be lowered. Those pets relinquished had an owner who chose not to keep them. COMMISSIONER CONTACT INFO: Henderson County Board of Commissioners 100 N. King Street Hendersonville, NC 28792 Phone: (828)697-4808 Fax: (828)692-9855 William Moyer, Chairman email@example.com Charlie Messer, Vice Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org Larry Young email@example.com Mark Williams firstname.lastname@example.org Chuck McGrady email@example.com Enforcement Officer: Toby Linville Tlinville@hendersoncountync.org Susan Wolf North Carolina Responsible Animal Owners Alliance (NCRAOA) www.ncraoa.com Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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