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Date Posted: 23:10:09 02/18/06 Sat

Item 65:
65. Hearing on proposed amendments to the County Code, Title 10 -
Animals, to establish a Mandatory Spay and Neuter Program for Restricted
Dogs for the purpose of controlling the breeding of certain dog breeds,
specifically Pitt Bulls and Rottweilers; amend the definition of "Hobby
breeder"; add definitions for "Pitt Bull," "Rottweiler," and "Unaltered";
and to establish a fee of $150 per year for an unaltered restricted dog
license. (06-0343)"
Due to the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, the BOS meeting begins at 1:00
p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Room 381B, Kenneth Hahn Hall Of Administration,
500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. Meetings are broadcast live via Windows
Media Player or live audio by telephone at
(213) 974-4700 and rebroadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10:00 p.m.m KLCS. A
recorded message of approved items is available immediately following Board
meetings at (213) 974-7207. Contact us for additional information about
attending the meeting and coordinating efforts.

The supporting 23 page document (letter from Marcia Mayeda, Director of
Animal Care and Control, brief County Counsel "Analysis" and ordinance text)
is available (PDF) from a link on the County's agenda at
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://bos.co.la.ca.us/Categories/Agenda/cms1_041360.html">http://bos.co.la.ca.us/Categories/Agenda/cms1_041360.html</a>

Mayeda's letter rationalizes the ordinance based on a 6 breed-type breakdown
of the County's shelter dog population and comparison of the respective
euthanasia rates, use of shelter space, adoption rates and unaltered
licensing ratios for the 6 types - Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Labradors,
Chihuahuas, Rottweilers and Terriers. This brief categorical analysis
concludes that Rottweilers and Pit Bulls have disproportionate negative
impact on shelter resources that can now be mitigated due to the permissive
authority of SB 861 enacted last year. Based on 4,549 unaltered dogs
identified as "Pit Bulls" or Rottweilers in the County's licensing database,
6 new jobs would be created at a cost of $668,077. These dogs would be
subject to an unaltered "restricted" dog license costing $150 (668,077
divided by
4,549 assuming that these unaltered licensed dogs would apply for restricted

The permit process to obtain a restricted license is complex with many
contingencies to maintain the license and criminal liability for any
failure. The risks for dog owners and restricted dogs would far exceed
prudence and any enjoyment from owning dogs, make it unlikely out of area
breeders would place quality dogs in Los Angeles County for any purposes and
exponentially expands authority of animal control to micro-manage private
ownership of unaltered dogs. The potential for abusive, discriminatory
enforcement practices in a diverse metropolis is truly troubling, and
trivial violations have severe punitive consequences and forfeiture. The
precedent of this type of ordinance, building on the San Francisco model
threatens all ownership of unaltered dogs and even cats by shifting
discretion about the merits of individual animals from owners to a public


Gloria Molina, Supervisor, First District
856 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
(213) -974-4111
Fax (213) -613-1739

Yvonne B. Burke, Supervisor, Second District
866 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
(213) -974-2222
Fax (213)-680-3282

Zev Yaroslavsky, Supervisor, Third District
821 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fax (213) 625-7360
E-mail zev@lacbos.org

Don Knabe, Supervisor, Fourth District
822 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 213-974-4444
Fax 213-626-6941
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://knabe.com/dist_info/supervisor/supervisor_contact.html">http://knabe.com/dist_info/supervisor/supervisor_contact.html</a>

Michael D. Antonovich, Supervisor, Fifth District County of Los Angeles
869 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-5555
Fax (213) 974-1010 fax

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