Residents Asked to Weigh in on Revised Animal Control Ordinance

City Council delays approving the proposed law

Written by TIFFANY KHA / Published September 14, 2012 

In a rare occurrence, the city council recently declined to adopt a proposed animal control law after some concerned were raised by Temple City residents.

The city council unanimously decided to postpone approving Ordinance 12-956, which amends Temple City’s current animal control ordinance, during the July 3, 2012 city council meeting.

Ordinance 12-956 was actually adopted at the previous city council meeting. On Tuesday, the city council was asked to approve a second reading of the proposed law, which normally receives no opposition at a public hearing.

However, after several Temple City residents rose in opposition to the proposed law’s regulations, some city council members voiced concerns about whether the city had weighed the community’s input in their consideration.

“I don’t believe in forcing people to do, spaying and neutering animals…whether or not we should make everybody do that against their choice is another question,” Mayor Vincent Yu said.

Mr. Yu admitted he was the minority voice in opposing Ordinance 12-956’s new regulations.

City Councilmember Tom Chavez, who sits on the city codes ad hoc committee, stated he was in favor of the proposed animal control ordinance.

“I think that Title 10 would certainly be an advantage to us,” Mr. Chavez said, referring to the name of county of Los Angeles’ animal control law.

According to the city prosecutor, the major points of Ordinance 12-956 include mandatory neutering or spaying of dogs, mandatory licensing of cats and dogs, micro chipping of dogs, as well as a new section dealing with vicious dogs.

If adopted, for the first time, cats will require a license once they reach four months of age.

While the licensing of cats may be “foreign,” the city prosecutor noted that there is a growing trend among California’s cities to do so.

All dogs, except for service and law enforcement animals, will also be required to be spayed and neutered. Cats will only have to be spayed and neutered if there is a transfer of ownership and the animal is six months or older in age.

“It’s literally an injection right beneath the skin,” the city prosecutor stated.

The rationale for the licensing and micro chipping of dogs and cats are to reunite the animals with their owners and to ensure they receive proper vaccination, the city prosecutor said.

A representative from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society, however, countered stated that licensing of cats will not result in what the city prosecutor indicated.

Ordinance 12-956, if ultimately approved, will take effect in July 2013.


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