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By Michael Alexander | October 31, 2007
A city mandatory spay and neuter ordinance is finally coming back to the City Council Monday — possibly without the “mandatory” part. After talking with Police Chief Ken Small and City Attorney Jennifer McGrath, the law’s sponsor, Councilman Keith Bohr, said this week he would come to council proposing a fee to opt out of the ordinance. While intact animal licenses are already more expensive, he said he envisioned stiffer fees to cover the cost of animal control and education efforts, but no change for those who already spay or neuter.
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By Michael Alexander | April 19, 2007
Huntington Beach city staff will now look at making neutering, spaying and microchip tracking a fact of life for many of the city's pets. With support from animal welfare groups, the City Council voted 5-1 Monday to have staff study a mandatory spay, neuter and microchip ordinance for dogs, cats and possibly for rabbits. Councilman Keith Bohr, who proposed the measure, called it an easy and cost-saving way to cut down on euthanizing animals in shelters. A single cat and her offspring can produce hundreds of thousands of descendants in less than a decade, said Alison Stanley, co-director of the California Lobby for Animal Welfare.
NEWS
February 14, 2008
We watched Tuesday night’s presidential election returns with genuine awe as so many more of our fellow Americans helped to write another captivating chapter in our country’s history. While we’re still not certain who the nominees will be we can say with certainty that the two front runners — Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama — have emphasized the importance of a post-partisanship era and both have earned reputations over the years for reaching across the aisle to recruit allies.
FEATURES
July 2, 2008
With an abundance of kittens needing good homes, the Orange County Humane Society is offering the small felines at 25% off. For National Cat Adoption Month, kittens are $87.50 and adult cats are $67.50. This fee includes prepaid spay/neuter, microchip, up to date vaccines and one month pet insurance. The Orange County Humane Society, 21632 Newland St., Huntington Beach, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The facility appears closed due to construction, but shelter officials assure the public they are open.
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By Lynn McCluney | July 28, 2010
Huntington Beach contracts with OC Animal Care in the city of Orange, serving 17 cities and unincorporated areas (more than 2.1 million people). I believe it is more than a $600,000 yearly fee. Every coastal city from Seal Beach down through San Clemente serves its residents with its own animal shelter, as do Irvine and Mission Viejo. The 50-plus-year-old shelter in Orange kills approximately 50% of animals admitted, adding to the 4 million animals killed annually in the U.S. Though Huntington claims to be animal-friendly with the "dog beach" section, most people are not aware of the thousands of dollars that the all-volunteer group must raise annually to pay our city in fees in order to continue "dog beach."
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | June 7, 2007
The only oceanfront marathon in the county is coming back for at least three more years. But when the Pacific Shoreline Marathon comes back next year on Super Bowl Sunday, it won't be the Pacific Shoreline Marathon. The City Council voted unanimously this week to approve a three-year contract with Pacific Shoreline Marathon. At the same time, the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau has announced that the popular event will now be the Surf City USA Marathon. The change of name is a powerful way to draw attention to the city and the event, bureau President Doug Traub said.
NEWS
By Tania Chatila | June 9, 2006
LA CRESCENTA ? Dog owners will be required as of June 2 to spay or neuter their canines and implant a microchip-tracking device in them as part of a county-wide ordinance. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the final draft of the ordinance on May 2, which restricts breeding and requires mandatory spay and neuter programs for all breeds of dogs in an effort to reduce the overpopulation of unwanted dogs in the county, said Tony Bell, spokesman for County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
NEWS
May 3, 2007
Spay ordinance sure to start problems As a responsible owner of an American Kennel Club registered- and Orange County-licensed pure-bred show dog, I find that the proposed ordinance crosses the line and has so many holes as proposed it looks like Swiss cheese ("H.B. to consider spay mandate," April 19). Let me try to surmise as follows. First off, the ordinance is trying to regulate "irresponsible" pet owners. Yet, those who do not register their pets will continue to not do so. If they do not license the animal, then how can you control if they spay or neuter the animals?
NEWS
By CHRIS EPTING | November 8, 2007
The writer’s strike is on, and so many of you may be wondering if there will be anything good left on TV. If this past Monday evening was any indication, as long as the mandatory spay/neuter law is up for discussion before the City Council on local Channel 3, we’re safe. The show was dramatic, funny and even a bit tragic, all rolled up into one six-hour-plus epic. So who needs writers? Admittedly, even with the somewhat bleak, semi-static production values, I sometimes find myself pulled in to watch the raw drama (depending on what is being hashed out)
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By Alicia Lopez | February 13, 2013
They are feral - wild and possibly dangerous. But they are also scared, hungry and in danger. They get a little help from people who spend hours feeding the stray cats around the city and even trap many in a practice called catch, neuter and return. Just like it sounds, the cats are lured into a trap, taken to a vet to be altered and then returned to where they were found. The method may seem counterintuitive to some, but there is a strategy to their stakeouts. The goal is actually to reduce the number of feral cats and the practice is promoted by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Orange County Animal Care.
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By Lynn McCluney | July 28, 2010
Huntington Beach contracts with OC Animal Care in the city of Orange, serving 17 cities and unincorporated areas (more than 2.1 million people). I believe it is more than a $600,000 yearly fee. Every coastal city from Seal Beach down through San Clemente serves its residents with its own animal shelter, as do Irvine and Mission Viejo. The 50-plus-year-old shelter in Orange kills approximately 50% of animals admitted, adding to the 4 million animals killed annually in the U.S. Though Huntington claims to be animal-friendly with the "dog beach" section, most people are not aware of the thousands of dollars that the all-volunteer group must raise annually to pay our city in fees in order to continue "dog beach."
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By Sara Waggener | December 11, 2009
There is nothing worse than seeing a stray dog weaving through the streets on a busy morning, right?  No one wants to see that on their way to work or school, especially if the dog ends up getting hit by a car. Over the past several years I’ve witnessed many animals wondering around with no tags in local neighborhoods.  I’m stunned by the stories I have heard about unethical breeders and cruel owners.  It has brought me to tears many times.  According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
FEATURES
July 2, 2008
With an abundance of kittens needing good homes, the Orange County Humane Society is offering the small felines at 25% off. For National Cat Adoption Month, kittens are $87.50 and adult cats are $67.50. This fee includes prepaid spay/neuter, microchip, up to date vaccines and one month pet insurance. The Orange County Humane Society, 21632 Newland St., Huntington Beach, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The facility appears closed due to construction, but shelter officials assure the public they are open.
NEWS
February 14, 2008
We watched Tuesday night’s presidential election returns with genuine awe as so many more of our fellow Americans helped to write another captivating chapter in our country’s history. While we’re still not certain who the nominees will be we can say with certainty that the two front runners — Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama — have emphasized the importance of a post-partisanship era and both have earned reputations over the years for reaching across the aisle to recruit allies.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | February 7, 2008
An attempted compromise ordinance to encourage spaying, neutering and microchipping pets has evaporated in the dog fight between detractors and supporters. City Council members voted 6-0 shortly after midnight Tuesday for a gutted ordinance that reaffirmed the fees the county already charges, with Councilman Keith Bohr, the original proponent of mandatory spay and neutering, abstaining. The only new rules in the ordinance would require anyone advertising sale of kittens or puppies to have a business license.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | February 5, 2008
An attempted compromise ordinance to encourage spaying, neutering and microchipping pets has evaporated in the dog fight between detractors and supporters. City Council members voted 6-0 shortly after midnight Tuesday for a gutted ordinance that merely reaffirmed the fees the county already charges, with Councilman Keith Bohr, the original proponent of mandatory spay and neutering, abstaining. The only new rules in the ordinance would require anyone advertising sale of kittens or puppies to have a business license.
NEWS
By CHRIS EPTING | November 8, 2007
The writer’s strike is on, and so many of you may be wondering if there will be anything good left on TV. If this past Monday evening was any indication, as long as the mandatory spay/neuter law is up for discussion before the City Council on local Channel 3, we’re safe. The show was dramatic, funny and even a bit tragic, all rolled up into one six-hour-plus epic. So who needs writers? Admittedly, even with the somewhat bleak, semi-static production values, I sometimes find myself pulled in to watch the raw drama (depending on what is being hashed out)
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | November 7, 2007
The long and heated debate over a proposed mandatory spay, neuter and microchipping ordinance in Huntington Beach moved toward compromise at this week’s City Council meeting by swapping incentives for requirements. By the time they finally voted after midnight Tuesday, visibly tired council members said they couldn’t answer all the questions that night. But they came up with a broad set of principles, most of which they unanimously approved. City staff will hammer those guidelines into an ordinance for discussion Dec. 17. The council is expected to set the new costs of dog and cat licenses then as well.
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