The Honorable (name)
Florida Senate
Tallahassee, FL 32399

RE: Oppose HB 451   

Dear Senator __________:

I am writing you today because I am concerned with House Bill 451, a measure that would require
mandatory spaying/neutering of dogs and cats four months of age or older with little exception.  I am a
responsible dog owner and I oppose this legislation.

(Personalize here – tell about yourself as a dog owner. How many years have you been involved with
dogs? What breeds have you owned? How much do you spend yearly on your dog(s)? How would you
feel if your opportunity to get your dog(s) from a responsible local breeder was eliminated?)

Mandatory spay/neuter is an ineffective solution to animal control problems because it fails to address
the heart of the issue—irresponsible ownership.  These laws are extremely difficult to enforce and can
be evaded by irresponsible animal owners who will not license their pets. It will hurt responsible
breeders like me who raise healthy, well cared-for dogs and work to ensure that these puppies are
placed with responsible owners.  Passage of HB 451 will make it almost impossible for Floridians to
obtain pets locally from responsible Florida breeders.

Responsible owners who are already complying with local animal control laws will be unfairly punished
by HB 451, while irresponsible owners will continue to make problems for the community and local
shelters.  Concentrating animal control and educational efforts on irresponsible owners whose
behavior demonstrates that they are a problem for the community would be a much better use of
taxpayer funds.

I respectfully ask that you support responsible owners and breeders by opposing HB 451.


John Smith
1234 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA