Contentious Spay and Neuter Issue Back At State Capitol

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Democratic State Senator Dean Florez says each year about 250 million dollars is spent housing and euthanizing homeless dogs and cats in California.  So he’s introduced a bill designed to bring that down by requiring most pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs and cats. 

“It seems to me, at a time when we’re trying to reduce costs, this is something that taxpayers should reduce as a cost-saver.”

Florez says unlike similar bills which have failed in the legislature, this one allows more of an out for owners who don’t want their pets fixed.  He says they can purchase a different – and more expensive – license.  The bill also requires cats that haven’t been spayed or neutered to be kept inside.  In the past, breeders have argued that similar legislation is unfair and would hurt their business.