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The Honorable______________

Assembly of the State of California
State Capitol, Room_____
Sacramento, California

Dear Assemblyman(woman)__________:

As an animal lover and constituent, I am writing to urge you to defeat SB2102, relating to the breeding and sale of dogs, which is currently pending in the Assembly.

SB2102 is disguised as a measure to protect animals but it targets the very people who work the hardest to insure the health and well-being of California's pets. The passage of this measure would be a major setback to animal welfare in the State of California and could possibly devastate the sport of purebred dogs in this state.

I view this bill as yet another means to tax the residents of California, rather than an effort to protect the consumer. We have been taxed enough.

The existing Polanco-Lockyer Pet Breeder Warranty Act already regulates large-scale dog breeders by defining "dog breeder" as anyone who sells more than fifty pupppies in a calendar year. The existing law addresses the problems of large-scale breeding and imposes penalties for the intentional sale of unhealthy puppies without negatively impacting responsible breeders who produce a small number of puppies.

Why destroy the progress of Polanco-Lockyer by expanding it so broadly and so vaguely? SB2102 will hurt the smallest of breeders, those who have worked all of their lives to share well-tempered, sound dogs with other families. SB2102 would regulate these hobby breeders out of existence and Californians may be denied a highly knowledgeable and conscientious source of purebred dogs.

SB2102 if opposed by the American Kennel Club, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the National Animal Interest Alliance and at least twenty other groups that are dedicated to animal welfare. Please oppose SB2102



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