But opponents argued that it would impose a financial hardship on hobbyist breeders, who would have to pay for permits. “Only the commercial, high-volume breeders and the illegal, underground breeders would remain,” said Douglas Surber of Save our Dogs, a group of dog breeders and others opposed to the legislation. And Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, said he wanted several amendments to clarify provisions and rules in the measure, which would follow the lead of L.A. County and states such as Rhode Island that have passed similar laws. Levine legislative aide Zak Meyer-Krings said problems will be worked out within two weeks, in time for the next committee hearing April 24 – the last meeting before an April 27 deadline for action. firstname.lastname@example.org SACRAMENTO – An ambitious plan to spay and neuter most California cats and dogs failed to clear its first key legislative hearing Tuesday. The bill backed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would force pet owners to spay or neuter nearly all cats and dogs by the time the animals are 4 months old. Owners who fail to comply would be subject to a $500 fine. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, sponsor of the bill, said it would exempt cats and dogs owned by licensed breeders. More than 100 representatives of the state Humane Association and other groups testified in support of the bill, aimed at reducing euthanasia of an estimated 500,000 feral and roaming animals annually in California. (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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