California Lawmaker Introduces Spay/Neuter Bill

SB 250 requires that cats and dogs be altered unless owner obtains special license.

Posted: Feb. 26, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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Ragdoll cat
The California legislation, if passed, would require that outdoor cats be spayed or neutered. Indoor cats would not be affected.
California state Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, introduced new spay/neuter legislation on Tuesday, which once again calls on pet owners to have their cats and dogs sterilized.

The bill requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner gets an unaltered-dog license, proponents said. It would also require that roaming, or outdoor, cats be spayed and neutered.

Judie Mancuso, founder of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and a sponsor of the similar AB 1634, which failed to pass out of the Senate in August 2008, said this new bill would reduce euthanasia rates as well as save taxpayer dollars.

Bill Hemby of PetPAC, a group that helped defeat the previous bill, released a statement against the new bill, describing it as dangerous legislation because it arrives during financially tough times for the state, which would make enforcing the bill a challenge. “Here we go again,” he said.


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Karen    Standish, ME

2/26/2009 10:16:54 PM

About time! Sadly many cats and dogs are killed each day because of over population!

hanna    kent, CT

2/26/2009 10:05:26 PM

thats great

momo    anaheim, CA

2/26/2009 10:03:22 PM


aischa    shamokin, PA

2/26/2009 10:02:22 PM

i like the picture of the cat

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