Florida Spay/Neuter Bill Amended

Mandatory language is removed from bill that would have required cat and dog sterilizations.

Posted: March 26, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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A mandatory spay/neuter bill under consideration in Florida has been revised so that it’s no longer required for pet owners to get their dogs or cats sterilized.

As of Tuesday morning, House Bill 451 was amended to remove all mandatory spay/neuter language. Instead, the new version of the bill gives the local government the option to use a $5 surcharge added to animal-control citations to help pay for low-cost spay/neuter programs.

The “strike-all” amendment to the bill was adopted by the Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee. As originally introduced, the bill called for most dogs and cats to be sterilized at 4 months of age.

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Mark    Raleigh, NC

3/26/2009 7:53:13 AM

As I said in the orginal article in theory spaying and neutering is a good thing but I objected to the government meddling in folks' private business. While not perfect the bill is better now that they took the mandatory clause out of it.

L.    CC, CA

3/26/2009 7:38:39 AM

Either way, it is more tax payer's money. Through education or mandatory S & N.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

3/26/2009 6:08:08 AM

The need to enforce spay/neuter is great. However, I do not think mandatory will work either. We need to have programs to educate and help people that do not have the money to spay/neuter their pets. The best thing for these people to do, is adopt. This way the spay/neuter is included in the low cost adoption fee.

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