Blog Entry Comments

add comment

Blog Entry:

August 26, 2008 | By Jill R. | 12 comments

Chicago considers mandatory neutering By Jeff Fleischer In mid-May, in a move that had been rumored for months, Alderpeople Edward Burke (14th Ward) and Ginger Rugai (19th Ward) introduced an ordinance to the Chicago City Counci… more ›

10 results
Ronatha
Flag

Ronatha
6 years ago

OK, since many folks may not like what I am about to say I thought I'd start with that I was a certified veterinary technician and behaviour consutant for over 20 years. I am an a true lover and advocate for our beloved companions and a proponent of spaying and neutering most family pets. The big issue of mandatory sterilization of dogs is that working dogs who must be strong, athletic, and injury free are experiencing a much higher incidence of cruciate tears in their knees when they have been spayed or neutered at a young age! Other problems also seem to be arising but more data is being gathered by veterinarians. We are now realizing with all the data collected over the years that early sterilization is having some not so good consequences (no real problems have been seen so far in cats who have been sterilized early). This means dogs who are in agility, flyball, herding, schutuzhund, search and rescue, military and police, etc. would be less likely to get commonly seen major injuries such as cruciate tears because of the quick turns, sudden stopping, leaping for frisbees and chasing balls tossed by the "Chuck It" ball tosser we all love to use. Working and active dogs need the complex hormones they get from their testes, ovaries and, uterus for complete growth and proper maturation in order to have a correct length of leg (legs grow longer if dogs are neutered before about two years of age), proper balance and strength in joints to help sustain proper working order of the bones, ligaments and muscles. So I think we need to re-evaluate this law before it becomes mandatory. There it is.

Reply ›

Michele Z.
Flag

Michele Z.
6 years ago

Is there a set number of years that this would be in effect (if passed), or is it supposed to be "forever"?

I also wonder if "...keep within the city..." is too vague to make the ordinance constitutional or enforceable. It might provide a loophole (such as "I'm not keeping the dog--he just stays on his own.")

Reply ›

Christina
Flag

Christina
6 years ago

I think this is a wonderful idea. If you are a "responsible" breeder than you should apply for the breeder's license and if not than you should not be breeding your animal. So many cities are overrun by dogs that came about due to unattended breeding and this will help to reduce this.

Reply ›

Donna S.
Flag

Donna S.
6 years ago

I agree with this plan, there are enough homeless animals roaming the streets or in shelters. There needs to be some sort of control!

Reply ›

JenniferMaurer
Flag

JenniferMaurer
6 years ago

I agree with this measure. The only problem is that if everyone did it overtime we will have breeded out mutts which in my opinion are the best breed of all!

Reply ›

daryl b.
Flag

daryl b.
6 years ago

years ago and i don't know if it has changed in new hampshire to get a dog license you had to show proff of spaying or neutering. it was a good thing but strange in the sense you could walk right into town hall an walk out with a pistol permit. strange huh

Reply ›

Carol L.
Flag

Carol L.
6 years ago

I would have to agree with this measure, making the exceptions for Breeders who are properly licensed and fining those who do not obey the law. This would decrease the amount of unwanted dogs.

Reply ›

sharon d.
Flag

sharon d.
6 years ago

Well,as much as I hate to add another law unto us,this may be one that makes sense.
All we have to do is consider how many animals are born,running the streets,or in actual shelters,etc.,to know that the system we have right now,is not working.
They are willing to have "Acceptions" for Breeders,Service Dogs,Show Dogs,etc,so it's not like they're ruling all out.

Reply ›

Add Your Comment

Already have an account? Log in now for faster commenting or Join Zootoo

 

You might also enjoy:

Advertisement

Advertisement