Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance in Quincy, WA

If you live in Quincy, WA you should be aware that the city council recently passed an ordinance requiring all dogs over a year old to be spayed or neutered unless they are registered with the AKC as a purebred.

The council also increased fines for dog-related offenses.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports, "The changes passed unanimously without any discussion from the councilmembers."

Dog owners have until April 1 to get their dog altered or provide an AKC certificate showing registration for each dog.

It's important to note that this change took place with apparently no notice or fanfare, in a city council meeting without having to go through the legislative process. It's a good example of why it is important that concerned citizens get on local councils and task forces, and attend meetings.

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