When I was considering Dixie (and other dogs) for adoption, I’d read as much as I could about them on the shelter’s website (Chicago Canine Rescue), PetFinder, and Petango. One thing I found a bit surprising is it listed Dixie as not spayed. The subject obviously came up during the adoption process. Dixie was originally relinquished to the city “pound” (Chicago Animal Care and Control). Chicago Canine Rescue transferred her to their shelter when her time was coming to an end, on February 14. Dixie had I adopted her on March 14.
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I am in support of “mandatory” spay/neuter in Chicago. While, primarily due to the great lack of animal control officers, I doubt there will be enough enforcement, it would be something… and if nothing else, those that violate other laws (such as dogfighting) but can’t be convicted of it for lack of evidence, could at a minimum be fined for violating the mandatory spay/neuter. It would also HELP. You would not believe the number of shelter admissions I’ve seen who are DECLAWED but not SPAYED and obviously have mothered litters of kittens. These are obviously NOT feral cats, and not cats for whom the owners couldn’t afford a low-cost spay given they could afford to the cat declawed.
The ordinance would exclude registered breeders – however there are NO breeders in Chicago registered with the USDA – yet I’ve seen numerous for sale at a local pet store (I will not shop at) and advertised at my vet’s office.
This would be fantastic! Ironically, I heard of the proposed legislation from some people complaining about it. So many people just don’t get it! There are over 20,000 companion animals put to death a YEAR in Chicago for lack of homes. More than 8,000 of these are young, healthy, dogs and cats that behave perfectly even when dumped in a shelter and poked and prodded.
The complainers were saying it doesn’t exclude purebreds. No it doesn’t. Do you really think purebreds don’t show up at shelters? Do a quick search on petfinder.com – they most definitely do. The proposed legislation DOES exclude registered breeders. So, the only “issue” would be for those backyard breeders – which I personally would LOVE to force to cease and desist! Can you say “puppy mills”? Well, don’t for one second think they aren’t “kitten mills” as well.
Voice your support!