Monday, March 30, 2009

CA- City of Manteca meeting tonight on mandatory spay/ neuter law for all dogs over six months

Meeting Monday on plan to neuter all city dogs

By Dennis Wyatt
Managing Editor

Pit bulls and related breeds in Manteca are required by city law to be neutered or spayed.

Now city leaders think it is a good idea to make owners of all dogs - with a few notable exceptions - to have their canines fixed.

Dog owners and the general public have a chance Monday to say what they think of the plan as well as make suggestions on what the city should or shouldn't do during a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center council chambers at 1001 W. Center St. Police Chief Dave Bricker will conduct the meeting.

Exemptions to the spaying and neutering requirement as the proposed ordinance now stands would be licensed show dogs, livestock dogs, police dogs, breeders licensed by the city, or assistance dogs.

A mandatory neutering and spaying law would work for all dogs over six months of age within Manteca's city limits. That means if Manteca Animal Control picks up your stray dog for wandering the streets you may have to pay in excess of $100 to have it spayed or neutered in addition to impound fees and paying for a license if you do not have one.

City officials estimate there are 20,000 dogs in Manteca of which just fewer than 3,000 are licensed. To obtain a license or to renew a dog license you'd have to proof your dog has been neutered or spayed.

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