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New animal laws in California for 2007

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 at 7:49 am in Animal Laws.

Hard to believe I’m writing this on January 3, in the year known as 2007. It doesn’t seem like a new year.

I wonder what happens to the old years? Do they go some place to die, like the elephant’s graveyard?

Speaking of the new year, here are a couple of new animal laws that may help make 2007 kind of an interesting year:

** SB 1806: You can’t leave animals unattended in a motor vehicle "under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal."

First time violators face fines of $100 unless the animal suffers serious injury. If the animal suffers serious injury, owners or guardians can be fined up to $500 and imprisoned for up to 6 months. With a second and subsequent violation, owners or guardians will face fines up to $500 and imprisonment for up to 6 months.

This law will help save animal lives by allowing animal control officers to immediately break into cars and rescue animals in trouble, without having to call the police and wait for precious minutes for someone else to come and do the deed.

** SB 1578: With few exceptions, "No person shall tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog, or cause a dog to be tethered, fastened, chained, tied, or restrained, to a dog house, tree, fence, or any other stationary object" for longer than three hours in a 24-hour period.

Punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Hopefully this will help stop poor dogs from being chained in a yard, sometimes for days at a time.

I’ve already received one e-mail from a dog owner on SB 1806, complaining about not being able to leave the dog in the car while the owner is working. "I have precious little time with my beloved doggie and am most annoyed that the state is trying to take away even more of my quality time."

Ah, yes, I predict 2007 will be an interesting year.

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11 Responses to “New animal laws in California for 2007”

  1. Lenore Gotelli Says:

    Thank god for Laws!!!

  2. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Gee Gary,
    “I have precious little time with my beloved doggie” too, and somehow leaving her at home lounging on the couch with her blankie (and resident cats) while I work seems cruel too……CRUEL FOR ME!!! :-)
    I can understand your dog owner wanting to spend more time with their pet, but keeping him/her in the car while they work isn’t the answer. Ember & I take a morning walk plus another right after work & another later in the evening. In between times we just enjoy each others company. I know she’s happy & I am too!!

    Pat in Antioch

  3. Debi Shawanda (Wignall) Says:

    Hey Gary,
    As a former resident of Contra Costa County, now living in Ontario Canada, I was wondering if Ferrets will be welcome in California beginning 2007. I have 2 wonderful Ferrets named Magie & Sara and along with Foxi (my sweet lil Pomeranium) I could never leave them behind and return to Contra Costa County, unless Magie and Sara are welcome too.

  4. roland domantay Says:

    Who the hell do these lawmakers think they are.I own a working dog(labrador retriever)that I use for bird hunting,and there have been numerous times I have gone hunting than went to work after.I am allowed to bring the dog inside but she pesters me to put her back in the truck so she can pass out,sleep and relax. I check on her every two hours or so, and she is usually belly up and snoring. This is no couch potato dog even though she lives inside the house. So go ahead animal control try and cite me!! Damned bastards & damed SPCA F*** all of you who don’t understand the difference between working dogs and worthless stuck at home pets!!!!!!!!

  5. geez Says:

    DEBI!!! You sound like an ignorant redneck!

    If you read the post correctly you would noticed that it stated

    “You can’t leave animals unattended in a motor vehicle “under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.”

    you can still leave your pet in the car as long as it is safe!!!

    Animal control and SPCA save thousands of animals lives how dare you talk down to them for trying to save lives.

    Learn how to read and more importantly learn how to be a better human!!

  6. geez Says:

    sorry I just realized the names were posted on the bottom of the post not the top!!

    Sorry Debi!!! not to you to ROLAND!!

    I thought it was strang a woman talking like this!!!

  7. Kat Says:

    This is some unbelievably intrusive and highly UNAMERICAN shit, and I’m referring to people’s freedom here. Talk about some micro-management, or is it more accurately gold-digging? The truth is that the dogs who are permanantly tethered by owners who don’t visit, talk to , touch, walk or provide fresh food and water to the dog are the poor animals no one will see in some private isolated backyard somewhere. All this law does is give nosey, do-gooder nieghbors a license to harrass someone based on rather subjective observations if not outright slander and the SPCA to fatten their pockets via a new regulation or, of course, confiscate and kill some perfectly happy and cared for animals. So you want my terrier to be free to “chase your cat” or crap in your yard when he feels the “urge”, funny but I seem to recall having to pay a bunch of money to the beloved SPCA to get my “nuisance” dog back when he broke off his leash and took off terrorizing the nieghborhood to satisfy his so called curiosity and boredom. I built my dog what I refer to as his Doggie Condo and he has happily resided there for several years, yes, tethered for more than three hours at a time. He has food, water, pillow, blanket, bones, some sun, some shade, shelter and passersby. The dog was rescued from the pound, not kidnapped, but rescued, trust me he was happy to come home with me even though the SPCA’s accomodations are to die for…literally. He is the most devoted, loving creature, particularly to me, his apparent abuser by these new standards. When I got him he had hair 3 inches long all over that was dirty and matted. His previous owner had surrendered him and he has several huge scars around his neck which I discovered during his first haircut. The ever observant SPCA officers must not have noticed these when the dog was “surrendered”. He is a terrier and has a peculiar habit of rolling in dirt, dead things, crap, whatever he can find apparently to disguise his scent. Wonder if that had anything to do with his surrender? I can bath him and give him a nice haircut (which takes two hours of careful grooming) and a week later he looks and smells like roadkill, that’s his particular “urge”. I’ve come to accept it and know that since the dog is way beyond puppyhood I’m not going to break the habit so I work around it, cause lucky for him, I think he’s worth it. Since we don’t have a barn for him to bed down in, and in fact live in a small trailer that I prefer to smell like a people house as opposed to rotting corpses, I built his house and made him a special place to be, right in front of the porch. Everytime we come or go from the house he gets a greeting and a pat. He gets to do a job also, he gaurds the entrance and announces visitors. People who walk by are usually people who live here, know him and also say hello and pet him (who would’ve thunk people would do this rather than “taunting” him) One neighbor even takes him with her whenever she goes walking, probably the same neighbor who called the SPCA to report my apparent abuse of the animal. Ahh, the sweet ironies in life. I also walk the dog. I frequently go hiking and take the guy with me, the proof is in the multiple scars he has from tics getting into his long hair on these outings (since another one of his urges is to constantly go off the trail and through the bushes, apparently terriers like to sniff things out and pursue them). I made it a point to educate myself about the breed because of his idiosyncracies. Being the abuser I am, I apply frontline consistently, had him vaccinated for lyme disease and let him have this roaming privilege, in fact, I provide him distinct opportunities to go “tic gathering”, and I get to dislodge the little suckers when I find them latched on. Some of us feel that living involves risk (funny, being from New England I was raised under the illusion that being an American entitled me to pursue happiness in my own free fashion, remember “live free or die”, my ancestors did, official DAR here and proud of it)and I have no doubt that Jack (the abused) agrees with my choices whole heartedly with or without a degree from a university. When the dog is “tethered” to his condo he does his job and enjoys being in the middle of the to and fro activity instead of fenced in the backyard which is flooded, cold, muddy, and gets no visitors in the winter months. He gets regular outings and attention, baths, clean pillow and blanket every few weeks, a fresh marrow bone a couple times a week and fresh food and water every day, but just enough for the day. That way I don’t waste food and he doesn’t have to eat stale kibbles. We let his hair grow for warmth in the winter and shave him to stay cool in the summer. If the weather gets too cold he gets another bath and is brought inside for the night. He basks in the glow but in the morning he is ANXIOUS to go back to his post and lovingly rolls in the driveway. It took us a few years to work this arrangement out to where he gets to be putrified without putrifying my small domicile, he feels important gaurding the entrance to the abode, stays in the mix, and gets regular treats and outings. In case you didn’t know dogs are pack animals. Everyone in the pack has an understood place and job. It is’nt always cherry, just like my job isn’t always cherry, but if it is balanced with good times, praise and rewards we are all happy and healthy. Life offers worse hardships and barriers for people. Who is going to look at my dog out there and be able to discern all these details from what they see. Who is going to know my dog and my space and how it is best utilized if not I? Circumtances of neglect, abuse, animal hoarding etc. carry objective signs and symptoms that can be readily assessed. I know, I have a degree in nursing and have witnessed real abuse with physiological and psychological ramifications in people and animals. I must be, however, just another ignorant and heartless American dog owner who needs the SPCA to monitor my dog’s potential boredom and ultimately decide if my resources, not my heart, are adequate for maintaining this dog according to someone else’s standards. Tell you what, why don’t you ask the dog. You know what he would say “Yeah, I get bored when I’m on the clock, but I also get phat vacations, meaty bones, homemade bisquits and a 401K that rocks (kind of like like the guys at the SPCA who keep coming up with new paradoxical regulations that bring in mo money honey)and I wouldn’t trade my humane human in for any other, tethered or not.

  8. Kat Says:

    This is some unbelievably intrusive and highly UNAMERICAN shit, and I’m referring to people’s freedom here. Talk about some micro-management, or is it more accurately gold-digging? The truth is that the dogs who are permanantly tethered by owners who don’t visit, talk to , touch, walk or provide fresh food and water to the dog are the poor animals no one will see in some private isolated backyard somewhere. All this law does is give nosey, do-gooder nieghbors a license to harrass someone based on rather subjective observations if not outright slander and the SPCA to fatten their pockets via a new regulation or, of course, confiscate and kill some perfectly happy and cared for animals. So you want my terrier to be free to “chase your cat” or crap in your yard when he feels the “urge”, funny but I seem to recall having to pay a bunch of money to the beloved SPCA to get my “nuisance” dog back when he broke off his leash and took off terrorizing the nieghborhood to satisfy his so called curiosity and boredom. I built my dog what I refer to as his Doggie Condo and he has happily resided there for several years, yes, tethered for more than three hours at a time. He has food, water, pillow, blanket, bones, some sun, some shade, shelter and passersby. The dog was rescued from the pound, not kidnapped, but rescued, trust me he was happy to come home with me even though the SPCA’s accomodations are to die for…literally. He is the most devoted, loving creature, particularly to me, his apparent abuser by these new standards. When I got him he had hair 3 inches long all over that was dirty and matted. His previous owner had surrendered him and he has several huge scars around his neck which I discovered during his first haircut. The ever observant SPCA officers must not have noticed these when the dog was “surrendered”. He is a terrier and has a peculiar habit of rolling in dirt, dead things, crap, whatever he can find apparently to disguise his scent. Wonder if that had anything to do with his surrender? I can bath him and give him a nice haircut (which takes two hours of careful grooming) and a week later he looks and smells like roadkill, that’s his particular “urge”. I’ve come to accept it and know that since the dog is way beyond puppyhood I’m not going to break the habit so I work around it, cause lucky for him, I think he’s worth it. Since we don’t have a barn for him to bed down in, and in fact live in a small trailer that I prefer to smell like a people house as opposed to rotting corpses, I built his house and made him a special place to be, right in front of the porch. Everytime we come or go from the house he gets a greeting and a pat. He gets to do a job also, he gaurds the entrance and announces visitors. People who walk by are usually people who live here, know him and also say hello and pet him (who would’ve thunk people would do this rather than “taunting” him) One neighbor even takes him with her whenever she goes walking, probably the same neighbor who called the SPCA to report my apparent abuse of the animal. Ahh, the sweet ironies in life. I also walk the dog. I frequently go hiking and take the guy with me, the proof is in the multiple scars he has from tics getting into his long hair on these outings (since another one of his urges is to constantly go off the trail and through the bushes, apparently terriers like to sniff things out and pursue them). I made it a point to educate myself about the breed because of his idiosyncracies. Being the abuser I am, I apply frontline consistently, had him vaccinated for lyme disease and let him have this roaming privilege, in fact, I provide him distinct opportunities to go “tic gathering”, and I get to dislodge the little suckers when I find them latched on. Some of us feel that living involves risk (funny, being from New England I was raised under the illusion that being an American entitled me to pursue happiness in my own free fashion, remember “live free or die”, my ancestors did, official DAR here and proud of it)and I have no doubt that Jack (the abused) agrees with my choices whole heartedly with or without a degree from a university. When the dog is “tethered” to his condo he does his job and enjoys being in the middle of the to and fro activity instead of fenced in the backyard which is flooded, cold, muddy, and gets no visitors in the winter months. He gets regular outings and attention, baths, clean pillow and blanket every few weeks, a fresh marrow bone a couple times a week and fresh food and water every day, but just enough for the day. That way I don’t waste food and he doesn’t have to eat stale kibbles. We let his hair grow for warmth in the winter and shave him to stay cool in the summer. If the weather gets too cold he gets another bath and is brought inside for the night. He basks in the glow but in the morning he is ANXIOUS to go back to his post and lovingly rolls in the driveway. It took us a few years to work this arrangement out to where he gets to be putrified without putrifying my small domicile, he feels important gaurding the entrance to the abode, stays in the mix, and gets regular treats and outings. In case you didn’t know dogs are pack animals. Everyone in the pack has an understood place and job. It is’nt always cherry, just like my job isn’t always cherry, but if it is balanced with good times, praise and rewards we are all happy and healthy. Life offers worse hardships and barriers for people. Who is going to look at my dog out there and be able to discern all these details from what they see. Who is going to know my dog and my space and how it is best utilized if not I? Circumtances of neglect, abuse, animal hoarding etc. carry objective signs and symptoms that can be readily assessed. I know, I have a degree in nursing and have witnessed real abuse with physiological and psychological ramifications in people and animals. I must be, however, just another ignorant and heartless American dog owner who needs the SPCA to monitor my dog’s potential boredom and ultimately decide if my resources, not my heart, are adequate for maintaining this dog according to someone else’s standards. Tell you what, why don’t you ask the dog. You know what he would say “Yeah, I get bored when I’m on the clock, but I also get phat vacations, meaty bones, homemade bisquits and a 401K that rocks (kind of like like the guys at the SPCA who keep coming up with new paradoxical regulations that bring in mo money honey)and I wouldn’t trade my humane human in for any other, tethered or not.

  9. Kat Says:

    That’s for those of you who didn’t get it the first time around…Yeah.

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  11. Bob Says:

    I just had some bleeding heart women give me riot act for leaving my Lab in the car for about ten min.
    I tried to tell her he had air and water, I ran the air conditioner the van was cool it was about 80 degrees outside the van.

    so I was so mad! I called Animal control and asked them they put me on hold and then hung up,so here I am on line to see if she was right; appears yes and no the dog was in no danger of being left for long enough to harm him and she could clearly see that!

    later a cop told me that the law was on the books to protect animal abusers not folks like me that rescued the dog from a drug house where he was beat all the time!
    the women was way out line and pushing her views on me
    in the Food for less parking lot in the shade of the building!
    had I left him in there and went to work for long periods of time it would have been abusive.

    This is why I don’t like the government to control even our Dogs then I think we can still prosecute the evil doers and not the common law abiding folks.

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