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California Bill Requires Microchipping

by American Kennel Club

Senate Bill 236 has been introduced in the California state legislature requiring all dogs and cats over four months of age to be microchipped. In addition, the owner's information must be entered into a national registry approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote responsible dog ownership, the AKC encourages dog owners to properly identify their pets. We believe, however, that the final decision about identification-whether by collar, tattoo or microchip-should be made by the owner, not the government. Governments should not dictate how and at what age the identification must be done. Nor should the California government delve into approving national pet registries. S236 is a classic example of an overly intrusive government program that discourages personal responsibility.

What You Can Do?:

The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill's sponsor, Senator Jack O'Connell, is a member of that committee. Please contact the committee members and voice your opposition to S236:

CA Senate Judiciary Committee
Capitol Building #2205
Sacramento, CA 95814
916/445-5957

The Honorable Martha M. Escutia (D) (Chair)
The Honorable Ray Haynes (R) (Vice-Chair)
The Honorable Dick Ackerman (R)
The Honorable Sheila Kuehl (D)
The Honorable Jack O'Connell (D)
The Honorable Steve Peace (D)
The Honorable Byron D. Sher (D)

You can also contact the bill's sponsor directly:

The Honorable Jack O'Connell
Capitol Building #5035
Sacramento, CA 95814
916/445-5405
Fax: 916/322-3304
E-mail: [email protected]

For more information on this bill or other issues affecting dogs and their owners, contact the American Kennel Club at [email protected].

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).