Mandatory Spay and Neuter Laws

Posted on 01/19/2009

NICE opposes legally mandated spaying and neutering of all dogs, for such reproductive alterations are decisions that must be made by the owner of a dog in consultation with a veterinarian. There is ample evidence that sterilization increases the risk of life threatening illnesses, especially if it is done before the age of 1-2 yrs.
Voluntary sterilization, made possible by inexpensive spay-neuter
clinics, and that required for adoption by animal shelters has
reduced shelter intake numbers in many jurisdictions, while that
required by laws affecting all dogs has had no such effects.Many dogs serve not only as pets but enable their handicapped owners to be employed and help them to be independent of social services. Others
serve as useful members of human communities. Some of these
functions can be adversely affected by sterilization. 

It is unproven that altering a dog reduces illegal dog fights or biting incidents.NICE advocates increased enforcement of current laws, training dogs to make them more reliable and responsive to their owners and educational dog bite reduction programs for both adults and children.

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