The ordinance, which was backed by local animal groups, passed unanimously.
Starting in January, all dogs and cats 4 months or older must be spayed or neutered. The exceptions are for trained working animals, those medically unfit for the procedure, and for documented breeding animals. The process will start sooner for owners reclaiming their stray pet from the city's shelter.
Pets will also need to be microchipped. Owners of pets not in compliance will be fined $250.
The mama Pit Bull Terrier mix in the photo above shows the trend of dumping a female dog in a shelter after she gives birth to puppies. Spaying and neutering pets can help keep dog and cat populations down. It can also help keep dogs like this mama out of shelters.
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