Texas Considers Bills that Would Make Dog Sterilization Mandatory
The Texas legislature is currently looking at proposed legislation that would require all dogs and cats older than six months to be spayed or neutered–only service animals and purebred pets that participate in competition would be exempt from this requirement.
If a pet owner pays $300 for an “intact animal permit,” they would be allowed to forgo the spay/neuter.
Organizations such as the American Kennel Club are opposed to the proposed bills–SB 1845 and HB 4277– saying that spaying or neutering a pet is a personal decision that should be made after consulting with a veterinarian and not a government requirement.
Supporters of the bills, such as local animal clinics, said such laws would help control the huge amount of stray and abandoned dogs during puppy birthing season.