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Cary studies requiring sterilization of all pets

Posted May 29, 2008

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— Cary councilors are taking a look at curtailing dog and cat  reproduction in order to curb what some describe as an out-of-control stray pet population.

Town officials are studying the idea of requiring all pet owners to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

"What we're trying to think through in Cary is, does it make sense to have an ordinance of spaying and neutering pets?" Councilman Erv Portman said.

Portman said he hopes such a spay-and-neuter ordinance would cut down significantly on the stray and feral animal population.

"The result is a significant percentage don't get adopted, and they're euthanized," Portman said.

More than 9,000 unadopted cats and dogs are euthanized each year in Wake County – or 30 a day, according the Wake County Animal Shelter and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County.

SPCA officials expressed support for the idea, pointing out that it could save taxpayer money. The county spends millions each year to round up, shelter and euthanize animals.

"Even if you don't care about animals, I bet you care about your wallet, and sterilizing companion animals makes sense tax-dollar-wise," Mondy Lamb, with the SPCA of Wake County, said.

Cary will take a look at spay-and-neutering ordinances from Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina's only two local governments to have such a rule. The ordinances are enforced through pet registration, and owners must pay a $100 fee for a permit to keep their pets unaltered.

Nationally, communities in 15 states have such rules.

Portman said he understands a spay-and-neuter ordinance could strike some pet owners as infringing upon their rights.

He emphasized that town staff were researching precisely what such a rule would entail and said that the Town Council will hold a public hearing before it moves forward on any proposals.

"The trade-off is that we don't want to be overly demanding on citizens in terms of telling them what they can do with their pets," Portman said. "But on the other hand, we have a huge problem."


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  • Frank Downtown May 30, 2008

    Yes! No pet owner needs to be breed their animal!

  • likemenow May 30, 2008

    I'm sure this had been posted but why does my pet have to suffer becasue of all the idiots that can't take care of their own pets? Can we neuter the Town Council instead? That would save the taxpayers billions

  • aerie May 30, 2008

    HaHa! I love Cary! My hometown! I miss it...
    Spay and Neuter your animals people! It shouldn't have to come down to a law.

  • richard2 May 30, 2008

    Maybe they should do the humans first. We could save a lot of money on schools.

  • TheAdmiral May 30, 2008

    "Well all I got to say to Cary is consider this. Heck, wait a minute, I don't even live in Cary. Anyway, my pets are already spayed and neutered, but if they were not, it would be MY decision that determined if they got it or not. You know what? When the Gov't. starts paying my property taxes, puts some gas in my tank, then they might have a say so, but until then........ Like I said before, it's way past due to dump some tea into the harbor folks!"

    Oh, but don't you understand? You are not smart enough to make the correct decision, or if you do make the right decision - it is not fair that other people are too stupid to make that decision, so we have to make that decision for you.

    Since most people who want more government intervention are commonly stupid, I suggest that we screen stupid people first, then spay and neuter them so that stupidity does not spread.

  • Timbo May 30, 2008

    Given Cary won't let you shoot squirrels in the city limits, maybe they ought to neuter the squirrels, given they outnumber the people.

  • LambeauSouth May 30, 2008

    Ok, here's the thing. Go to the SPCA and see how they euthenize animals, they inject or gas them and throw them in a typical dumpster. If people want a pet, take care of them! I love the fact that Cary has a leash law, I just wish people would adhere to it, as far as the Dog and Cat Police try looking up Animal Control.

  • LambeauSouth May 30, 2008

    Hey Admiral, we were thinking the same of whatever Town your in.

  • LambeauSouth May 30, 2008

    Hey 1, wow just am glad I refused to buy in Cary when I moved here

    The People of Cary want to Thank you

  • 4ever40 May 30, 2008

    I live in Cary and I believe there is a 2-dog limit per household.