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Pet Legislation Tuesday For Those Living in Washington, DC



If you live in Washington DC and you are currently over the four-pet limit, a bill being considered Tuesday will require SEIZURE of your pets over that limit. THIS IS VERY LIKELY TO BECOME LAW UNLESS WE HAVE A REAL PUBLIC OUTCRY If you live in DC or you have friends who do, you need to act immediately on this. The hearing and final vote on DC B17-089 is THIS Tuesday, July 15th. This bill applies to cat, dog, rabbit and ferret owners, rescuers and breeders in Washington, DC. The Animal Protection Amendment Act of 2008 (B17-089) will be voted on by the Committee of the Whole (all Councilmembers) Tuesday, July 15th. The first vote was unanimously in favor. Your contact MONDAY with all council members is our only hope to stop this bill. For the text of the law, go to http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/lims/BillRecord.asp?billid=checked or http://tinyurl.com/6fnch9 and fill in B17-089 in the ENTER LEG # box. This bill requires animal control to seize dogs (or cats or rabbits or ferrets) over the four-pet limit. There is also a requirement for a commercial license for breeders who raise and sell 25 animals per year. WHAT TO DO: Send an email immediately to all 13 Council members by using one email address - mailto:[email protected] CALL Council member offices, especially if you live in the District of Columbia. Hand deliver, if possible, short letters to the offices - Monday. Phone numbers and suite numbers are below. TELL YOUR FRIENDS IN DC TO ACT: Only an outraged public will prevent this bill from passing SUGGESTED POINTS: 1. Impoundment of pets over the existing limit of 4 - this includes cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets or a combination. The Mayor "SHALL" impound people's pets even if that 5th animal is well cared for and happy in a good home. This is an extreme anti-pet ownership mandate. DC does have an "animal hobby permit" for those with 5 or more animals, but any animals over whatever number is approved shall also be impounded. Only 25 of these permits exist per last year's check. This would mean fewer animals rescued, fostered or taken off the streets and obviously would increase shelter numbers and possibly lead to abandonment - as many people feel a pet has a better chance on the streets than in animal control. 2. Commercial Animal Breeder License would be required for any breeder who raises and sells 25 animals per year. This would include a dog fancier with a moderate breeding program who has dogs that produce large litters. Thirteen to 15 puppies are not unheard of in large breeds, and two litters like that could put you over the limit. Home-based breeders provide excellent pets and they are NOT "commercial" and should not have to comply with inspections, rules, standards and management established for "facilities". Anyone involved with a "pet care facility" such as day or night boarding of animals, grooming or training should be concerned with the provision for "Commercial Pet Care Facilities - Rulemaking". We believe this would impact rescuers who would need a business license with an "Inspected Sales and Services license endorsement. ATTEND the meeting if you can - there will be no opportunity to speak but we hope some fanciers will monitor any discussion before the vote. Committee of the Whole 10AM - Tuesday July 15, 2008 Room 500 John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue. NW Washington, DC 20004 Nine out of 13 councilmembers are sponsors: Introduced by: Cheh, Brown, Catania, Graham, Gray Co-sponsored by: Barry, Evans, Mendelson, Wells. Schwartz, Graham, Bowser, Thomas and Alexander may be the only ones willing to bring up our opposition points at Tuesday's hearing. ************************************ To contact ALL Councilmembers - mailto:[email protected] Council of the District of Columbia 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Was
 

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I am pretty sure there is already a law in effect about breeding facilities in DC.

I have cross posted on all mailing lists for DC about this and DC people are usually pretty good about getting their voices heard..
 

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What's their plan for placement of the confiscated animals? Is there enough room in the local shelters to handle the pets? Another example of lawmakers making laws that have a detrimental impact on law abiding citizens, instead of ENFORCING LAWS that might already be on the books.

We do have a great country, unfortunately, the lawmakers at times are flaming idiots!!
 

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I know they keep complaining about all the animals in shelters that needs homes and they want to take away dogs that have a home because they are one too many, that is so sad.
 
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