New Spay/Neuter Ordinance for Dogs

This is a little late but still important – On June 3rd a new ordinance was passed regarding spaying/neutering and micro-chipping your dog:

In an effort to improve public safety and reduce the number of stray dogs overwhelming our animal shelters, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance that requires all residents of unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County to have their dogs spayed or neutered and have an identification microchip implanted in each dog. The measure applies to all dogs over the age of four months kept in unincorporated (non-city) areas of Los Angeles County.

Complete ordinance information found on the Animal Control website.

I’m always surprised when people don’t have their pet spayed/neutered. I was even more surprised at the shocked or sad reactions I got when I told people that my boys had been neutered. I thought it was inherent knowledge that it’s the responsible thing to do as a pet owner to have that taken care of. It’s such a simple solution to an enormous problem. (Side note: I do realize that some cats and dogs are bred for showing – they are taken into account into this new ordinance).