State Considers Required Neutering for Pets
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It's an issue that's made lawmakers fight like cats and dogs in the past….and it's back.
Democratic Senator Dean Florez has introduced legislation would require most pet owners to have their cats and dogs spayed or neutered.
Florez says for those pet-owners who don't want their animals to be fixed, there is the option of buying a special license:
Florez: "This simply says, if you want to have your dog, not in the category of spay or neuter, you simply receive - go to your locality and ask for that special license and say I'd like to have my dog unaltered. I'd like to breed my dog. And I think it's really a higher level of responsibility."
Florez says it would be up to each county to determine how much a license would cost.
Similar versions of this legislation have failed in the legislature in the past.
Breeders argued it was unfair and would hurt their business.
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