L.A. County to Require Sterilization and Microchipping for Cats
Cats seem to be a hot item on the public agenda lately.
Last week, we told you about the Los Angeles City Council’s vote to increase the cat ownership limit from three to five. But on that same day, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors made a feline-related move of its own, mandating spaying or neutering and microchipping for cats in unincorporated areas of the county.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich proposed the requirement, saying it would reduce the “uncontrolled breeding of cats that can turn into a severe public health concern” and “help identify the owners of the nearly 29,000 cats that are impounded annually and prevent them from being euthanized.”
The county has seen an improvement in the rate of stray of dogs that are euthanized, but the numbers for cats remain troubling. The county Department of Animal Care and Control seized 28,911 cats last year and a total of 21,055 of them were put down.
Microchipping, spaying and neutering is already a requirement for dogs in Los Angeles County. The new rule includes an exemption for show cats and owners who can prove medical cause.
Read more about Tuesday’s vote here.
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