Pets Could Face Mandatory Spay/Neuter
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Senate Local Government Committee passed legislation Wednesday that would force pet owners to spay or neuter their animals if they have repeated contact with animal control officers.
Called the "3 Strikes Spaying and Neutering Bill," the measure would require sterilization of dogs if they have three "offenses" involving animal control authorities and sterilization for cats that have two "offenses." "Offenses" are considered to occur when animal control officers respond to complaints of roaming animals, unlicensed pets and/or animal bites.
The bill AB 1634, by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Woodland Hills, is a watered-down version of an earlier measure that failed in the Legislature. The previous version would have required mandatory neutering for almost all cats and dogs in California.
Supporters say the measure would help reduce the number of unwanted pets in California but critics say it could actually lead to more euthanasia.
The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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