This Thursday, officials in Jurupa Vally, California will hold the first reading of a breed discriminatory mandatory spay/neuter law.
The move follows the passage of the county-wide measure which was passed recently in Riverside County, California.
While there are not a lot of details at this time as to the justification for the measure, it is important that residents reach out to oppose the move.
Spay/neuter is a very good thing but mandatory measures, especially those that require pediatric procedures have unintended consequences that not only effect the health and welfare of the dogs, but also have the exact opposite effect of the most commonly stated intention, decreasing shelter populations.
Mandatory spay/neuter has been shown in city after city to increase shelter populations.
The city would be far better served with extreme low-cost options, mobile clinics and community out reach. Programs such as the Pets for Life Program show resoundingly that given the access people will come to use the provided resources but the community must be made aware that these options are out there and accessible.
Passing a law will not reach the under served communities, the places where people take dogs in off the streets or from neighbors as puppies, which is where the majority of unaltered dogs in the community come from.
If residents cannot attend this meeting, please take the time to write to the council to express opposition for a mandate and encourage community out reach and education.
|Micheal Goodland||Mayor Pro-Tem||MGoodland@JurupaValley.org|
|Brad Hancock||Council Member||BHancock@JurupaValley.org|
|Verne Lauritzen||Council Member||VLauritzen@JurupaValley.org|
|Laura Roughton||Council Member||LRoughton@JurupaValley.org|
The meeting will take place at 7 PM May 15th. The meeting is held at the Former Sam’s Western Wear Building City Council Chamber, 8930 Limonite Avenue, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 .
This is on the council agenda for consideration, item number 13.
Thank you Swaylove.org for the alert.