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    This is forwarded from another post. It appears they are trying to push through state wide mandatory spay/nueter by 6 mos of age. Only exception appears to be dogs shown in the ring against breed standard and it carries a $300 permit fee. Please contact your local legislature representatives and let them know this is not the answer to their problem and it is a PROBLEM for responsible dog enthusiasts.

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    From: "Verjean Lunenschloss" <verjean.Lunenschloss@...>
    Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:25 PM
    Subject: [TX_Pet-Law] Texas S.B. 1845 Statewide MSN - Bill filed, to be heard in Senate tomorrow or early next week


    Please read and forward to all in Texas!!!!!!!



    Hi all!

    Please cross-post this far and wide! Especially to anyone in Texas.
    Please disseminate to all your club contacts throughout Texas. THIS WAS
    FILED YESTERDAY, and was pretty much under EVERYONE'S RADAR!!! However,
    we have the ability to get information out fast, and this needs your
    immediate attention.

    I wanted to bring everyone up-to-date now that I have the complete
    information, or at least I think I do. Section 830.000 and all
    subsections of the above bill are completely NEW language attached to
    the old Section 828. This will provide for STATEWIDE MSN as of
    September 1, 2009 in TEXAS!!!! With basically NO exemptions. Under six
    months, or with a veterinarian' s waiver, or "with a permit" for dogs
    that will be bred. There is a very narrow exemption for show dogs being
    exhibited where they are judged against a breed standard. There are no
    provisions for hunting dogs, or other performance dogs to be left intact
    or for mixed breeds to be left intact. We are not sure if that language
    would exempt them IF they were left intact for the specific purpose of
    breeding, and then the permit would be required. The legislation also
    provides for a $300 permit which is to be issued by the local
    authorities (your local Animal Control...) per intact animal. Read it
    and weep. It was filed on the 11th. The Texas Senate reconvenes
    tomorrow morning at 10am, and the House reconvenes on Monday at 2 pm.
    I'm trying to figure out how to get an agenda for those days, to see if
    this bill will be heard tomorrow.

    http://www.legis. state.tx. us/tlodocs/ 81R/billtext/ html/SB01845I. htm

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    just sent my 349 word essay of dissent to Sen. John Whitmire.......glad to share it with anyone who may not have the time to write it all up; you just go to your Senators web site and send it....

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    If you are not sure who to call, have a look here.

    http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

    To look at the bill.

    http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillL...1R&Bill=SB1845
    Last edited by Chris S.; 03-13-2009 at 10:42 AM. Reason: add link

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    Thanks Chris and Eric. I was so busy looking up my senate and house reps and responding I didn't see that the link didn't work. I also apologize for my misspelling of neuter. Guess I'm dyslexic without my coffee!

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    830.002. STERILIZATION REQUIRED. (a) Except as
    provided by Subsection (b), a person who owns a dog or cat shall
    have the animal sterilized.
    (b) This section does not apply to an animal:
    (1) that is less than six months old;
    (2) for which a veterinarian has certified that the
    animal should not be sterilized for health reasons;
    (3) that is a service animal;
    (4) that is a purebred animal displayed at a
    competitive exhibition to determine how well it physically conforms
    to an established breed standard; or
    (5) for which the owner holds a permit issued under
    Section 830.003.


    What is (3) service animal, Are they talking about military or police dog.

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    A question for the AR folks:

    How come cutting a dog's tail off is considered "cruelty", but cutting his b@!!s off isn't?

    For anyone sending letters to your legislators: brief is best. 349 words may make YOU feel better, but I guarantee it won't get read. Be brief, stay on point, remain professional and respectful, and you will be heard.

    Lisa
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    am I missing something, this appears to apply only to animals being released from shelters or humane organizations which already require spaying and neutering as a term for adoption

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    Look at 830 Ed.
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    81R7481 JSC-D

    By: Van de Putte S.B. No. 1845


    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
    AN ACT
    relating to the sterilization of dogs and cats; providing a
    penalty.
    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION 1. The heading to Chapter 828, Health and Safety
    Code, is amended to read as follows:
    CHAPTER 828. DOG AND CAT ADOPTION AND STERILIZATION
    SECTION 2. Section 828.002, Health and Safety Code, is
    amended to read as follows:
    Sec. 828.002. REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTION. (a) Except as
    provided by Subsections (b) and (c) [Section 828.013], a releasing
    agency may not release a dog or cat for adoption unless the animal
    has been sterilized [or the release is made to a new owner who signs
    an agreement to have the animal sterilized].
    (b) This section does not apply to an animal:
    (1) that is less than six months old;
    (2) for which a veterinarian has certified that the
    animal should not be sterilized for health reasons; or
    (3) that is a service animal.
    (c) This section does not apply to an animal that is claimed
    from a releasing agency by a person who already owns the animal if:
    (1) the animal is exempt under Subsection (b);
    (2) the animal is a purebred animal displayed at a
    competitive exhibition to determine how well it physically conforms
    to an established breed standard; or
    (3) the owner holds a permit for the animal issued
    under Section 830.003.
    SECTION 3. Section 828.0035, Health and Safety Code, is
    amended to read as follows:
    Sec. 828.0035. STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS.
    The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners shall:
    (1) develop information sheets regarding surgical or
    nonsurgical sterilization to be distributed by a releasing agency
    to a new owner; and
    (2) adopt rules requiring a dog or cat [an animal] that
    has been sterilized [under this chapter] to receive an
    identification marker in a manner authorized by the board.
    SECTION 4. Section 828.012(a), Health and Safety Code, is
    amended to read as follows:
    (a) Surgery or nonsurgical sterilization of a dog or cat
    [performed in accordance with this chapter] must be performed by a
    veterinarian or a full-time student of an accredited college of
    veterinary medicine as provided by Chapter 801, Occupations Code.
    SECTION 5. Title 10, Health and Safety Code, is amended by
    adding Chapter 830 to read as follows:
    CHAPTER 830. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY OF DOG OR CAT OWNER TO
    STERILIZE

    Sec. 830.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
    (1) "Sterilization" means the surgical removal of the
    reproductive organs of a dog or cat or the use of nonsurgical
    methods and technologies approved by the United States Food and
    Drug Administration or the United States Department of Agriculture
    to permanently render the animal unable to reproduce.
    (2) "Veterinarian" means a person licensed to practice
    veterinary medicine by the State Board of Veterinary Medical
    Examiners.
    Sec. 830.002. STERILIZATION REQUIRED. (a) Except as
    provided by Subsection (b), a person who owns a dog or cat shall
    have the animal sterilized.
    (b) This section does not apply to an animal:
    (1) that is less than six months old;
    (2) for which a veterinarian has certified that the
    animal should not be sterilized for health reasons;
    (3) that is a service animal;
    (4) that is a purebred animal displayed at a
    competitive exhibition to determine how well it physically conforms
    to an established breed standard; or
    (5) for which the owner holds a permit issued under
    Section 830.003.
    Sec. 830.003. INTACT ANIMAL PERMIT. (a) A person must hold
    an intact animal permit issued by the appropriate local animal
    control authority for each dog or cat the person keeps unsterilized
    for breeding purposes.
    (b) An animal control authority shall charge a fee for the
    issuance of a permit under this section in the amount of $300.
    Sec. 830.004. CRIMINAL PENALTY. A person who violates
    Section 830.002 commits a Class C misdemeanor. Each animal that a
    person owns in violation of that section is a separate offense.
    SECTION 6. Sections 828.003, 828.004, 828.005, 828.006,
    828.007, 828.008, 828.009, 828.010, 828.013, and 828.015, Health
    and Safety Code, are repealed.
    SECTION 7. This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
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