Chicago Enters Spay/Neuter Movement

Legislation is introduced to mandate pet sterilization.

By Soraya Gutierrez | Posted: May 20, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Chicago Enters Spay/Neuter Movement
A proposed ordinance would mandate that cats and dogs are sterilized before 6 months of age.
Legislative efforts to make pet sterilization the law are springing up across the nation, with Chicago joining the ranks last week by proposing a spay/neuter ordinance of its own that states, “No person shall own, harbor or keep within the city of Chicago a dog or cat over 6 months of age which has not been sterilized.”

Sponsors of the Chicago ordinance say their goals are to prevent attacks by packs of stray dogs and to reduce the dog population in the city’s animal shelters. Opponents say pet sterilization should not be a mandate; they prefer voluntary methods.

Under the proposed ordinance, dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered at the age of 6 months. Violators get $100 citations, and fines go up to $500 if a pet is not sterilized within 60 days of the initial citation.

To be exempt, pet owners must hold breeding permits, have registered purebreds that are actively entered in competition or dogs that are being trained for competition. Exemptions also are made for service dogs, police dogs and military dogs.

Similar ordinances previously have been introduced to the city council, with no success. The reason for the revival of the ordinance was an incident that occured in April involving five pit bulls that attacked a Southwest Side woman.

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me    me, ME

5/20/2008 11:00:27 PM

Good article

Tanya    Paden City, WV

5/20/2008 10:27:25 PM

Hello, and good evening to you ALL. GREAT, GREAT article! I think this is a great "ordinance", and I wish that all cities, well, actually, ALL the STATES, would implement this law. As "Foster Parents", I/We have seen too many unwanted litters. I/We have seen our share of cruelty to strays, too. I can't tell you how important it is to spay or neuter pets. I thank you for this article. Hopefully, it will inform more people to the problems of overpopulation, and show them the way to go is to alter their pets.
Sincerely, with love
Tanya & the FAMILY

cat    corydon, IN

5/20/2008 9:59:13 PM


cyan    boulder, CO

5/20/2008 9:20:02 PM

good article

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