"By a vote of 5-2, the Las Vegas, Nevada city council has passed an ordinance requiring residents as of April 1, 2010 to spay/neuter their dogs and cats 4 months of age or older. There are some exceptions: the animal cannot breed or a veterinarian certifies the animal is medically unfit for the surgery, the animal has been trained and is used for law enforcement, search and rescue or as a service animal, or the owner has a valid dog fancier's, cat fancier's, breeder's or professional animal handler's permit. A violation would be a misdemeanor with fines up to $225 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for the third and subsequent offenses."I was pretty happy to find that this law was finally passed, even though I didn't have much hope that it would even put a dent in the animal overpopulation problem. You can imagine my joy when I found someone on Craigslist warning all the breeders that vets were turning in their names to Animal Control, so that fines could be sent via postcard. Brian seems to think it's a little excessive, and maybe I agree a little, but I find nothing "sneaky" about it. Where else does this law exist? What do you guys think about it?
Monday, May 31, 2010
Posted by River at 6:39 PM