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Spay & Neuter Bill in California is Worth Passing

July 12, 2007

As a pet lover, I’m intrigued by the debates surrounding Assembly Bill 1634, which would require California dogs and cats 6 months and older to be spayed and neutered. Under this bill, if you are caught with unfixed pets, you’d be fined $500. But the penalty would be waived if the cited owner gets his or her pet spayed or neutered. And purebred show animals and licensed breeders’ animals would be exempt from the law, as are police dogs, rescue dogs and therapy and guide dogs. I am all for the bill. Each year, more than 800,000 dogs and cats are abandoned in California alone. And about 400,000 of them are euthanized. Obviously, people aren’t always responsible, and voluntary compliance isn’t working. In addition, according to Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, author of Assembly Bill 1634, taxpayers spend approximately $300 million a year to shelter and euthanize abandoned pets in California.

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