Sunday, June 24, 2007

How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

Forcing pet owners to spay and neuter in CA.

The mandatory spay and neuter law feeds right into the hands of 'animals rights' activists. It is effectively pricing pet ownership out of the hands of a lot of people. You will need to pay for a pure-bred dog at $600 to $1200, depending on the breed and then immediately fork over another $250 for an operation. Animal rights activists would welcome this situation because they don't believe in pet ownership in anyway and the fewer people that can own animals, the better as far as they're concerned.

Ever since our Rocky died this year of kidney failure, we've considered getting a new dog. We believe that it is important for children to be raised with pets. We've checked every place that has animals for adoption and the minimum cost to receive an animal is $175. These are mutts that have no breed to at least indicate temperment or final size (if they're puppies). The cost may be realistic to cover neutering and shots, but not all dogs they get need neutering and some people who are looking for dogs at animal rescues could get a price break on the surgery. These dogs are also shipped all over the country if they stay at one shelter for too long.

UPDATE: The American Kennel Club (AKC) is against this bill. It is recognized as socialism and also points out that they don't know what the criteria are for which breeds or breeders will be allowed to get licenses or how much they might cost.

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