[ SHOWGSD-L ] New Orleans MSN ordinance passes first reading

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  • Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2009 18:51:41 -0700

Posted: Friday, 18 September 2009 8:10AM
Councils consider laws to require dogs are fixed

Dave Cohen Reporting

The law may soon require you get your pet fixed.

The New Orleans City Council has introduced an ordinance that would  
make it mandatory to spay or neuter dogs.

"This permit requirement for dogs that are not spayed or neutered will  
encourage pet owners to be responsible, while helping to fund animal  
control operations," Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said in a news  
release. "The Ordinance gives pet owners the option to keep their  
animals intact, but if they choose to do so, it requires them to pay a  
fee for the extra burden placed on our city by the overpopulation of  
animals."

The ordinance was given a first reading Thursday. A vote could be in  
the next few weeks.

It's an effort to cut the stray population and keep local shelters  
from having to keep killing tens of thousand of animals each year.

"At present the euthanasia rate exceeds 50%, which is unacceptable,"  
Hedge-Morrell said.

It is also a financial issue for Hedge-Morrell. "The cost of animal  
control services for the City is tremendous. Every time the SPCA gets  
called out to deal with an animal, it costs money."

Under the proposal, an owner can apply for a breeder's permit. Council  
staff say that the permit will have an annual fee of $20, with an  
initial application fee of $30. The Ordinance requires that proceeds  
from the fees associated with the program be used to support animal  
control activities within the City.

The news release adds, "The Ordinance specifies that there need not be  
any intention to breed the animal to apply for a permit to keep an  
animal intact. In addition, the sterilization requirement is waived  
for dogs younger than 6 months, those that cannot be spayed or  
neutered without a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or  
death, those present in the City for less than 30 days and those used  
for rescue, law enforcement, or other government purposes."

Jefferson parish officials recently vowed to also explore laws aimed  
at reducing the stray population and moving toward becoming a "no  
kill" community.

Click here to read more about the effort in Jefferson Parish... 
http://www.wwl.com/JP-officials-seek-to-make-shelters--no-kill-/5136999


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