Pet sterilization enforcement not solution

Freedom New Mexico

Clovis is debating the best way to destroy unwanted animals in its city shelter — gas or lethal injection.

Some local animal-rights activists have suggested the focus should instead be on spay-neuter programs and we agree, as long as those efforts are funded privately and not with taxpayer dollars.

California offers a good example why government should stay out of the pet-population control business.

California’s state Legislature earlier this summer halted its first big pet sterilization effort after public outrage, but legislators aren’t about to give up without another fight. They are now pushing ahead a neutered version of the original bill.

While the proposed fix to the supposed pet-population problem may seem less extreme, the bill paves the way for future laws that would erode pet owners’ and citizens’ rights.

While the original bill required all puppies and kittens be sterilized by the time they are 6 months old, the revised bill only requires sterilization of pets after two (for cats) or three (for dogs) impoundments. The revisions also increase the current fines on owners whose unsterilized pets are impounded.

So if an unneutered dog gets out a couple of times and is picked up by animal control, the owner would be fined $100 — plus any fees incurred for the impoundment. If the dog gets out again, the owner will be forced to foot the bill for sterilization. If the owner was hoping to breed the dog, tough luck.

Using the pretense of controlling the pet population, California