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Groundbreaking spay-neuter bill -- the California Healthy Pets Act -- Hearing 4/10/07

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Below is a notice from Karen Dawn of DawnWatch (dawnwatch.com) regarding an important bill that if passed could save thousands of dogs' and cats's lives!

Animal advocates are attempting to pass groundbreaking legislation in
California, to ensure the majority of dogs and cats are spayed and
neutered. The California Healthy Pets Act (AB 1634) will be heard on
Tuesday April 10 in the Business and Professions Committee. If it passes out
of the committee it will go to the house floor for a vote, then to a
senate committee, then the senate floor, and finally to the governor to
sign. Please forward this alert to anybody in California who is distressed by
the killing of hundreds of thousands of companion animals per year in
this state.

Please visit http://www.cahealthyp...­ to learn more about it.

"Every year, over 800,000 pets are abandoned in California. Aggressive
stray dogs roam through many neighborhoods, increasing the danger of
dog bites and the transmission of rabies. And taxpayers spend $250
million to house abandoned cats and dogs in shelters and then sadly,
euthanize (kill) the majority of these pets.

"There is a proven approach to solve this problem: mandatory
spay/neuter laws...It?s a common sense solution to the growing problem of pet

"What the California Healthy Pets Act Would Do ... require the spaying
and neutering of most cats and dogs by the time the pet is four months
old. It is authored and was introduced by Assemblymember Lloyd Levine.

"Pet owners who have not spayed or neutered their pet would be cited
and given time to spay or neuter their pets before a fine would be assessed.
"Local animal control agencies would be responsible for enforcing the California Healthy Pets Act. A portion of the fines collected would be used to expand the availability of free or low-cost spay or neuter programs and other outreach efforts.

"The California Healthy Pets Act is being carried by Assembly Member
Lloyd Levine of Van Nuys. Please send him your letters of support and his
office will distribute to the appropriate legislators as needed. It's
requested that your letters fit on a single page and have a positive,
friendly tone.

"Please send your letters to:

Assembly Member Lloyd Levine
Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0040
Tel: (916) 319-2040
Fax: (916) 319-2140 District Office:

"We do not recommend emailing your comments to legislators. The
Assembly Member's staff has recommended fax/letter as the best way to voice
your support, with a phone call as the next best way.

Judie Mancuso, how is heading up this campaign, has also sent the
following. If you have questions about it, and how you can help, contact

Here's info from her flyer:
How can I help this important bill pass?

1) Attend the Business and Professions Committee Hearing Tuesday, April
10, 2007
AB 1634 California Healthy Pets Act is scheduled to be heard in the
Business and Professions
Committee Hearing on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at the State Capitol, Room
Please help by attending the hearing. The hearing starts at 9 am and
lasts until approximately 1:30 pm. If possible be at the
room by 8am to get a seat. We won?t know what time our bill will be
heard, we simply show up and wait. We should be done by 1:30, but it
could go later. So get to Sacramento early, and leave sometime early
evening, just to be safe.
Everyone that attends will be able to stand at the microphone, state
their name (& group if applicable), where they are from and that they
support the bill.

It?s very important that we fill the hearing room! So please invite
everyone who will come and support our bill.

2) Contact, write, call or visit Business and Professions Committee
No matter what your district, please write (best) or call Mike Eng:
Assemblyman Mike Eng, Chair,
Business and Professions Committee
State Capitol,
P.O. Box 942849,
Sacramento, CA 94249-0049
(916) 319-2049,
Fax (916) 319-2149

When writing to Assemblyman Eng, please forward a copy to:
Assembly Business and Professions Committee
ATTN: Tracy Rhine,
Committee Consultant,
1020 N Street, Room 124,
Sacramento, CA 94249.
FAX: (916) 319-3306.

This will ensure that your support is included in the official bill

Also, please contact your representative, who is on the Business and
Professions Committee if you live in one of the following districts:
Thank you for your help in passing this important legislation!

Assemblyman Bill Emmerson -- Vice Chair
Phone: (916)319-2063
Fax: (916)319-2163
Rep-District 63
Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda,
Fontana, Grand Terrace, Yucaipa, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Redlands

Assemblywoman Karen Bass
Phone: (916) 319-2047
(916) 319-2147 fax
Dem-District 47
Baldwin Hills Village, Carthay Circle, Crenshaw, Culver City, Ladera
Hyde Park, Mar Vista, Palms, South Los Angeles, West Los Angeles
Country Club Park, Koreatown, Leimert Park, Rancho Park, South Carthay
Van Ness, View Park, Westwood Village, Windsor Hills, Cienga, Culver
Junction, Home Junction

Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter
Phone: (916) 319-2062
Fax: (916) 319-2162
Dem-District 62
Fontana, Rialto, Muscoy, San Bernadino, Colton, Bloomington

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi
Phone: (916) 319-2018
Fax: (916) 319-2118
Dem-District 18
Hayward, San Leandro, Dublin, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, San Lorenzo
Sunol, Cherryland, Ashland, Oakland (small portion)

Assemblyman Edward P. Hernandez
Phone: (916) 319-2057
Fax: (916) 319-2157
Dem-District 57
Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, La Puente, West Covina

Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
Phone: (916) 319-2078
Fax: (916) 319-2178
Rep-District 78
Chula Vista, San Diego, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Bonita

Assemblyman Bill Maze
Phone: (916) 319-2034
Fax: (916) 319-2134
Rep-District 34
Visalia, Tulare, Porterville, Barston, Lindsay, Exeter, Farmersville,
California City, Independence, Lone Pine, Woodlake, Needles, Bishop

Assemblyman Curren D. Price., Jr.
Phone: (916) 319-2051
Fax: (916) 319-2151
Dem-District 51
Inglewood, Hawthorne, Gardena, West Compton, LA Intl Airport, Playa
Vista Lennox

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico
Phone: (916) 319-2020
Fax: (916) 319-2120
Dem-District 20
Newark, Fremont, Union City, Milipitas, Hayward, San Jose, Castro
Valley Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol
Please take just a few minutes to put a quick call in, and send a quick
fax in support of the bill. Those few minutes could help save hundreds
of thousands of lives every year. Please get in touch with
judie@cahealthypets.com if you want to help more.
And please forward this alert to everybody in California who cares.

Yours and the animals',
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal
issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant
media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at
http://www.DawnWatch....­. You may forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts
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