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California Department of Public Health Reports Large Increase in Pet Euthanasia
Date:7/8/2009

.com/sb250-home.php" target="_new">SB 250 also requires that roaming cats be spayed and neutered or kept indoors. AB 241, the Responsible Breeder's Act (www.yesonab241.com), authored by Assemblyman Pedro Nava attempts to crack down on facilities that mass produce puppies and kittens for sale by limiting owners and breeders to a maximum of 50 unaltered animals.

Several cities and counties in California and around the country have passed spay and neuter legislation and report success in reducing shelter intake and subsequent euthanasia.

Henry Brzezinski, general manager of the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority, which has had spay and neuter legislation in effect since 1995, reports, "We have decreased euthanasia over 64 percent in the past 15 years while our human population has increased in that same time period." He added that in addition "the County was able to build a new shelter recently with fewer cages because of a reduction in animals needing care and we no longer euthanize for space."

In Lake County, where spay and neuter legislation was implemented in 2006, Paula Werner, with Lake County Animal Control, notes that the "Most telling sign for us about the legislation, in Clearlake which accounts for 30 percent of all strays in the County, is that animal intake is down 30 percent compared to the same time period one year ago."

Kathy Davis, interim general manager of City of Los Angeles Animal Services, where spay and neuter legislation became law in April 2008 but was not enforced until October 2008 said, "We are on track with our expectations for this ordinance. We fully expect that this aggressive spay and neuter legislation will trigger a visible decline in pet overpopulation in the city within a two to five year window."

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