Spay-Neuter Bill Introduced in California

SB 250 requires that dogs and cats be altered unless owner obtains special license.

Posted: February 25, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

New spay-neuter legislation was introduced Tuesday, Feb. 24, by California State Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, that once again calls on the state’s pet owners to have their cats and dogs sterilized.

The bill requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner gets an unaltered dog license, proponents said. It would also require that roaming cats be spayed and neutered.

Judie Mancuso, founder of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and a sponsor of the similar AB 1634, which failed to pass out of the Senate in August 2008, said this new bill would reduce euthanasia rates as well as save taxpayer dollars.

Bill Hemby of PetPAC, a group that helped defeat the previous bill, released a statement against the new bill, describing it as dangerous legislation because it arrives during financially tough times for the state, which would make enforcing the bill a challenge. “Here we go again,” he said.


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Stephanie   Webster, TX

5/12/2010 5:15:32 AM

This is a great idea. The unwanted pet population in this country is out of control and something needs to be done about it.

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kristin   fall city, WA

7/25/2009 10:23:00 AM

Anyone who is opposed to this bill should be ashamed! Just go to your local shelter and witness perfectly healthy and friendly dogs and cats (which includes plenty of kittens and puppies) get euthanized simply because they have no home. I used to manage a spay and neuter program and can tell everyone, it IS the only answer to solving this problem. It's common sense, just do the math; if you spay just one female dog or cat, you're preventing multiple litters from adding to the devastating population. It's very simple and frankly no big surprise that breeders are opposed to this because it would require special liscensing and standards for them to follow, which costs them money, dipping into their puppy profits!

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Amanda   Mesa, AZ

4/10/2009 4:11:00 AM

It's not the responsible breeder's fault that there is pet overpopulation, but they're the ones who will be punished. You think Puppy Mills are going to be bothered by some fine or law? They're are already breaking the laws! This will just make the Puppy Millers and irresponsible breeders avoid the vet's office even more! Education is the only way to stop pet overpopulation.

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Shelly   Billings, MT

3/1/2009 3:20:16 PM

I think it is so sad that it has come to this. We have this problem only because people do not spay and neuter their animals. then they end up in the gutter when a car hits them or they starve to death. if a person has a PURE-BREED dog and wants a litter or 2 a year then they can get a special tag permitting them to do so.

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