Friday, December 14, 2007

Pets In Palm Beach

"More than 150,000 dogs and cats were put to death in Palm Beach County's publicly funded animal shelters over the past 10 years.

It's a sad statistic that people usually don't like to talk about. But one of the biggest political questions in South Florida suddenly is how to reduce the number of abandoned and unwanted pets.

Dozens of impassioned pet lovers lined up Tuesday night to speak and listen at a contentious town hall meeting hosted by County Commissioner Bob Kanjian about a proposed ordinance requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered."

" This past February, Assembly Bill 1634, the California Healthy Pets Act, was introduced to address this horrific problem by promoting responsible pet ownership in California by requiring most dog and cat owners to spay or neuter their pet by the age of six months.

The bill has many common sense exemptions for legitimate breeders, show animals, police dogs, guide dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and for dogs and cats too old or too sick to undergo surgery. Spay and neuter ordinances and laws have been proven to be an effective solution throughout California and the United States. In addition, dogs that are not spayed or neutered are three times more likely to attack humans and other dogs and cats. California leads the nation in dog bites and maulings."

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