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feralcatOn a motion by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved amending Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code to require the mandatory spaying or neutering and microchipping of cats in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

“Focused on reducing the uncontrolled breeding of cats that can turn into a severe public health concern, this action will help identify the owners of the nearly 29,000 cats that are impounded annually and prevent them from being euthanized.”  In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the Department impounded 28,911 cats of which 21,055 were euthanized.   Moreover, only 1.6 percent of cats turned in to animal care centers were reunited with their owners.

Cat owners are encouraged to take advantage of low-cost procedures offered by the County Department of Animal Care and Control at animalcare.lacounty.gov.

In addition, the Board approved a motion asking for a 3 month pilot program with reduced adoption fees.  The Department of Animal Care and Control will use data collected during the pilot program to determine whether the reduced fees led to more adoptions and whether a more formalized program should be developed and implemented.

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  1. It would help control the feral cat population its,the first thing I did when my cats came of age, though they are house cats and are never outdoors I couldn’t chance them getting outside and populating the neighborhood or bring a litter into my own home. Its,irresponsible for people to not get this done for their pets, if they are just average pets. I could see pedigree cat breeders not wanting it but then those kind of cats,aren’t out running around are they.

  2. Good luck enforcing that.

  3. jan says:

    another worthless rule that will go nowhere and make criminals out of ordinary citizens.. watch for the feral population to EXPLODE

  4. Cynthia Kimura says:

    I feel this is a step in the right direction. The numbers are outrageous. Remember, nationally 4 million animals are born to die. Do your part and spay & neuter.

    There are low cost alternatives available. http://www.foundanimals.org/pet-spay-neuter/la-low-cost-free-neuter-spay
    No excuse.

    Do not breed. For every animal you adopt out, one shelter animal dies. One liter is never okay.

    Do not purchase your pet. Adopt, adopt, adopt. Purchasing a pet adds to the overpopulation epidemic giving backyard breeders and puppy mills the thumbs up.

    Thank you Supervisor Antonovich for your efforts are appreciated. Let’s all do our part.

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