Rhode Island Contemplates Mandatory Cat Spay/Neuter Program

The proposed legislation would require all cats to be altered before sale or adoption.

Posted: January 26 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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A bill introduced to Rhode Island’s Senate would require all cats to be spayed or neutered before they are offered for sale or adoption. As an alternative, the seller or adoption group also could provide a prepaid spay or neuter certificate.

The bill was introduced Jan. 15. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Constitutional and Regulatory Issues the same day.

In addition, the bill requires cat sellers to provide information on local animal licensing and permit requirements, as well as some pet care and animal control literature.

The bill is sponsored by senators John Tassoni, Frank Ciccone, Paul Jabour and Christopher Maselli.

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Bill    Attleboro, MA

1/28/2008 12:39:46 AM

intresting idea

Noelle    Beecher, IL

1/27/2008 8:24:36 PM

I'm glad to hear about this bill. IT is a very important topic and it greatly reduces the overpopulation problem. So there aren't cats suffering or dying.

Maie    Santa Clara, CA

1/27/2008 5:59:49 PM

I think that this is a great thing, because spaying or neutering animals reduces the chance of animal overpopulation becoming an issue, and I hope that more people consider spaying or neutering their animals

Angela & Chica    Arlington, VA

1/27/2008 10:31:22 AM

This makes such sense at a time when animal population is rising and not enough homes available to take them all in. It is the monitoring that will need to be done to ensure it is producing the desired control.

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