There is an increasing trend of some landlords conditioning occupancy of rental housing on the declawing of cats and, or the devocalizing of dogs.
“There are a number of steps landlords can take to protect their properties from damage by pets. Pressuring pet owners to subject their pets to inhumane and permanently damaging procedures is unnecessary, expensive and just plain wrong,” said Senator Pavley
SB 1229 would impose a civil penalty of $1,000 per animal for every violation that results in declawing or devocalization.
Eight local governments in California have recently banned the practice of cat declawing (Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, West Hollywood), recognizing the practice as inhumane.
Declawing is an operation to remove or to prevent the normal function of an animal’s claws or toes. The practice of declawing has been prohibited in other countries, including Australia, Brazil, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom and Israel.
Alternatives to declawing or debarking for landlords may include: language in contracts making tenants liable for pet-related damage; require that tenants supply their cats with scratch posts, require an additional refundable security deposit or “pet deposit;” provide scratching posts to tenants with cats, select fabrics that are less likely to appeal to cats for furnished apartments.
President of Animal Advocates
in Los Angeles said “Declawing and devocalizing pets is unnecessary and inhumane. Cats can be easily trained to use a scratching post. Dogs can be trained not to bark. Declawed cats are more likely to stop using their litter box or may become biters. Devocalized dogs will learn to make a new sound which can be worse than barking. These new undesired behaviors sometimes cause the pet owners to dump the pet at the shelter only to be euthanized. Animal Advocates would like to thank Senator Pavley, The Paw Project and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
for introducing this bill.”
is a non-profit animal rescue and education organization located in Los Angeles.
is a real estate appraiser and past broker, property manager and landlord with over 28 years of experience. She also worked at the Apartment Owners Association in Los Angeles.
The Paw Project
is a non-profit organization that educates the public about the truth about cat declaw surgery. Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project
also surgically repairs the paws of declawed big cats so they can walk again without pain.
The bill passed. Fran Pavley sent me a thank you letter for helping.
|Fran Pavley says “thank you” for helping.
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.