Skip to comments.Pet Owners Balk At Mandatory Spay & Neuter, Microchipping Plan
Posted on 07/10/2012 11:19:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin
CANYON LAKE [CALIFORNIA} (CBS) A city in Riverside County will consider a plan to force all pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.
KCAL9′s Jeff Nguyen reports not everyone in the guarded and gated city of Canyon Lake located just east of Lake Elsinore likes the proposal.
Marlene Marichs dog Skylar is fixed and has a microchip, but she doesnt like the idea that the Canyon Lake city council is considering a plan to make the spaying, neutering and microchipping of cats and dogs mandatory.
Thats going too far, asking them to do that, said dog owner Marlene Marich. It should be up to the owners what they want to do with their dogs.
The proposed ordinance would make exceptions for commercial breeders, show dogs and cats, working dogs and animals that arent healthy enough for surgery.
Monica Mestas is an animal advocate who supports microchipping, spaying and neutering, but she says a mandate may cause more animals to be put to death at shelters.
It can happen when a pet runs away from home and it isnt fixed and the owner cant afford the fees to get it done.
The way people are strapped for money, and meantime impound fees are accruing, a lot of times people will just relinquish the animal, said animal advocate Monica Mestas.
Interim city manager Deborah Harrington told Nguyen over the phone the city has seen a rise in unwanted animals in the last year and the plan is a way to avoid euthanizing more animals.
But pet owners like Marlene Marich say the proposal would be impossible to enforce.
Basically, youd have to actually shave the dog to find out if theres a scar there, said Marich.
The City Council is expected to take up the matter on Wednesday evening during a public meeting. If the plan fail to garner approval, the council may break it into two separate proposals: one on spaying and neutering and a second on micro-chipping.
NO ONE is micro chipping my kitties!
Guess the price of dogs and cats will keep going up.
Spaying and neutering also can lead to a plethora of health problems as well. I recently lost my german shepherd female who was spayed due to Addison’s disease. My vet basically says that they aren’t really sure why, but that the vast majority of the dogs with this disease are spayed females. I just replaced her with a Mal, and the people I got her from raise and train lots of police, SAR, protection dogs, and she almost had a fit when I asked about spaying my female, her reason was health and behavioral problems.
Don't make Bob Barker come over there.
Then never let them outside. Protect them any way you can.
My cats are strictly indoor, always have been. That front door opens, they run straight to the bat cave!
Wonderful! I lost count of dead pets by the roadside a long time ago. I put a bell on my cats on the off chance that they were able to check out the outdoors. It paid off, twice. The silly thing was, if they heard a bell, they ran to see who the new cat was! :o])
Hmm, I’m having a hard time understanding this so perhaps the city council members could spay, neuter, and chip themselves first to show how it’s helpful.
The endocrine -system- works in finely tuned concert; remove one ‘instrument’ and the whole orchestra goes wonky.
I will never spay/neuter another animal.
[two bitches developed hypothyroidism within a month, one developed thyroid-related eye problems and another’s immune system crashed and she eventually died]
We *know* how babies are made.
It’s very easy to -not- let them be made.
You know, we used to say it was healthier to spay/neuter. But I started wondering about that. We don’t think it’s healthier to do a hysterectomy on a woman, in fact, they like to leave at least one ovary, I think, if possible, on humans. That got me wondering and I started researching and apparently it is NOT cut and dried that it is healthier. It does obviously do away with the risk of pyometria (a uterine infection) and decrease breast cancer. But it increases the risk of other things, as you stated.
I have never neutered a male dog I’ve had and have never spayed a female before about age 8.
My point is really that it should be the choice of the owner, not the government. I wish people would stand up against these extremely intrusive laws. We have a mandatory spay/neuter law here in Palm Beach County. Actually I have a choice not to, but I pay $75 a year for the privilege of keeping my Ch show bitch intact. Imagine if I had more than one living with me. And I shouldn’t have to justify my choice. As long as my dog does not run at large or constitute a nuisance, why should the govt or other busy bodies involve themselves in her and my business?
You know I have had intact dogs in my home since 1986, and much of that time have had both males and females around. NOT ONCE have I had an accidental litter. It’s really not rocket science.
They will be trying to chip people, next.
Never had a litter “happen”.
[*huge* mystery that it is]
“It does obviously do away with the risk of pyometria (a uterine infection)”
Google “stump pyometria”.
It doesn’t entirely eliminate risks and even worse, stump pyometria is even more subtle and difficult to detect *unless* you’re actually looking for it..which a lot of vets won’t bother to do if they know a bitch is spayed.
I had no choice is spaying my PPM and now, my formerly *immaculate and fastidious* little baby has to endure the shame of spay incontinence.
And it *does* humiliate her greatly, even though we never fuss or even say anything about her sleep-puddles.
If I’d known the breed rescue was going to be so lax in checking up on her [I had to sign a 2 page legal form basically threatening my life to get her] I *never* would’ve spayed her.
She’s on Estriol now and even though it doesn’t totally eliminate the drips, both her health and attitude are -much- better.
Djinni is fighting chronic corneal dystrophy because spaying her threw her cholesterol system out of whack.
Her intact siblings have no eye problems.
[but her great aunt and 2 aunts *did* after they were spayed]
You are right about stump pyo (saw it once when I worked for a vet) but I’m pretty sure that’s because of a poorly done spay (I will stand to be corrected if I’m wrong on that). The vet I worked for caught it right away if my memory serves. At the time I had never heard of it.
I’ve been fortunate not to have any problems with the ones I’ve spayed but they’ve been done later in life. I simply think people need to go into it with all of the info and with TRUTHFUL info not info given that is tainted by bias and then be allowed to make their own decisions.
At this point, I’m not sure I will ever spay Pauli, unless she has a health problem that requires it (pyometria for instance, which I’ve had in 2 intact bitches in my life and is a serious issue). But, as I said, it should be up to me, and I really resent paying $75 per year, when she lives in the house, only goes outside with me and doesn’t cost the county or taxpayers one cent or one moment of inconvenience. In addition, I help with and support our local golden rescue. Oh, and she has never had and probably never will have, a litter.