Animal lovers have started a petition, hoping to force Tulsa into enforcing the spay/neuter laws already on the books. According to a report dated Feb. 26 by KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City, Tulsa is not enforcing their spay/neuter laws.
The current law requires that all dogs and cats, except police dogs and those who are owned by those with “hobbyist permits.” Despite the law, Tulsa Welfare and the Tulsa SPCA are full. They have no room for any animals.
“I'll never understand why people don't have their pets spayed and neutered,” Rita Stein, from Moore, said. “It isn't that expensive and there are low-cost clinics all over and grants available to help with the cost. Not only does it help to control the pet population problem, it eliminates all sorts of health issues like cancer.”
Due to the over-population problem in Tulsa, dogs and cats are being euthanized in large numbers. Of the the almost 11,500 dogs and cats that were in Tulsa Animal Welfare, over 7,000 were put down. Those dogs and cats were euthanized because of lack of space.
“The only way to truly rescue pets is to keep them from reproducing,” Connie Freeman, an animal lover from Oklahoma City, said. “Until the pet over-population is under control, healthy and adoptable dogs and cats will have to be put down. There is no excuse not to have your pets altered.”
The organizers of the petition are hoping to get at least 5,000 signatures. At the time of publication, it was unknown how many signatures have been collected.