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To reduce the number of unwanted or stray animals in need of care, the Board of Supervisors has approved a motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Hilda Solis directing the Department of Animal Care and control and County Counsel to prepare a draft ordinance requiring cat owners in incorporated county areas to spay and neuter their pets.
“Fewer animals entering the system reduces the numbers of those being euthanized,
and decreases the cost to taxpayers,” said Antonovich who authored the County’s model mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for dogs in 2006. “Spaying and neutering is the most impactful way to reduce the number of animals requiring care by the county.”
The draft ordinance will also provide low-cost spay/neuter services and include a recommendation that a 5-signature letter from the Board of Supervisors be sent encouraging the county’s 88 cities to adopt similar proposals.