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Q: Do any States have a spaying/neutering law?

September 26, 2008 | By Denise T. | 11 answers | Expired: 2110 days ago

Denise T.

With all the people that have lost their homes to foreclosure, shelters are seeing an over abundance of pets being dropped off at their door because people can not keep them. As we make steps toward closing down all of the horrendous puppy mills, these pups need to find homes. We have many, many homeless pets in this country. With that in mind, why doesn't every State REQUIRE proof of spaying/neutering along with rabies vaccines when we license our pet unless we are a licensed dog breeder? Where I live they just give out licenses at a reduced fee if you have proof of your pet being spayed or neutered.

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Katie  R.
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Oct 09, 2008

I'm not sure why states don't require this but I know they should. In my area especially I feel like people should have to pay a fine in order to have an intact animal, a fine so hefty that they would much rather hanve their animal fixed!

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Patty B.
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Oct 06, 2008

Virginia law requires sterilization of adopted dogs and cats--they cannot be released unless (a) it's done; or (b) you sign an agreement to do it within 30 day/6 months (depending on sexual maturity). I didn't check on the licensing aspect.....I'm thinking there's a reduced fee for spayed/neutered animals.

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Sandy S.
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Oct 06, 2008

West Virginia only requires the spay/neuter of animals adopted from shelters. Unfortunately, there is no incentive to spay/neuter by having a license differential fee.

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Jessica T.
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Oct 06, 2008

Again, from Florida, shelters/rescues are required to spay/neuter the animals being adopted. It is ILLEGAL to adopt out an animal that has not been spayed/neutered. Does that mean it doesn't happen? Nope! Everything has loopholes, unfortunately. But luckily, most groups believe in this practice and adhere to it without knowing the law even exists!
The good news is that even the purebreds get spayed/neutered, once they get into the hands of shelters and rescues. And surprisingly, they do come into our hands!

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Nursiepeg
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Oct 05, 2008

We live in Florida, here you are charged more if you have not spade or neutered. Breeders pay quite a bit more. They are greatly encouraging animals to be fixed here but, of course money gets you around it.

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Tommy T.
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Oct 05, 2008

We all live in a soceity that adores the dollar bill and not bills that regulate responsiblity. Until more folks start taking action we will continue to see some breed and breed. and the organizations that promote breeding like the AHQA and the APHA for horses. they are the reason horse slaughter plants existed in america for so long and illegal. for more info visit SaveDaHorses.org

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Starling
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Oct 02, 2008

L.A. pets must be spayed or neutered
New law requires dogs, cats to be sterilized before reaching 4 months old

Here's the full article:
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23359355/

My dog was abandoned by her previous owners because she was pregnant and they didn't want to deal with it. They didn't even take her to a shelter, they just put her out and pretended not to know about her. I found her in the bushes, and their young son told me it was their dog but his mom didn't want it because it was pregnant.
I asked an adult at the residence in question, and denied that it was their dog. Little boy sure knew a lot about the dog and its history if it wasn't their dog!!!

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daryl b.
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Sep 27, 2008

when i lived in new hampshire years ago to get a dog license you had to show proof of rabies shots and that the dog was spayed or neutered. it was easier to get an pistol permet then a dog license

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Luvmybull
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Sep 27, 2008

I wish there were laws in place that required spaying/neutering. I wish there were "tighter" laws on breeding. I don't understand why anyone who loves animals would continue to produce more when there are so many dying in shelters every day. The only obvious answer to me is money in their pockets. If I'm wrong, I'd really like someone to explain it to me because I really don't get it.

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beverly y.
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Sep 27, 2008

not here i do not think so

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