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PET STERILIZATION BECOMES LAW IN LA

This is from the Volunteer Newsletter of the Pasadena Humane Society and outlines the new law in the City of LA for spaying and neutering dag and cats.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed one of the nation’s toughest laws on pet sterilization, requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they are 4 months old. The ordinance is aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the thousands of euthanizations conducted in Los Angeles’ animal shelters every year. The ordinance does exempt some animals, including those that have competed in shows or sporting competitions, guide dogs, animals used by police agencies and those belonging to professional breeders. First time offenders will receive information on subsidized sterilization services and be given an additional 60 days. If they still fail to comply they could be fined $100 and ordered to serve eight hours of community service. A subsequent offense could result in a $500 fine or 40 hours of community service. (YEAH – LA!)
I don’t know if the state law that has been batted about lately is comparable or not, but with the reading of the above law I see nothing that is unreasonable. If you are not a breeder you have no reason to have a non-neutered animal. I a frequent and regular attendee of the Pasadena dog park I can say with some confidence that 80%+ of the problems come from dogs that are not snipped. Females are less of an issue since most owners know that if they are in heat they need to stay away. Please note that exceptions are also show animals which according to AKC rules are not supposed to be neutered either and this covers the few people I know at the park that have not spayed their pet(s).
I know some people are still upset about this law, put after visiting a couple of the LA shelters and volunteering in Pasadena’s I tend to agree with lawmakers that are trying to deal with this problem and so accept this with understanding and support.

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