NORMAN, Okla. – A controversial program is under consideration in Norman – officials are debating the efficacy of a mandatory spay-neuter law that would require all pets be fixed.
The city ordinance is proposed to combat the growing number of unwanted animals born, and later euthanized.
“Our numbers have almost doubled from last year to this year,” said Maj. David Teuscher with the Norman Police Department, “so we’ve had some issues in Norman with the increase of that population.”
The current draft of the law mandates that any dog or cat over six months old must be spayed or neutered, unless owners acquire a license for it to remain intact.
At a City Hall meeting Monday night, about 80 people were in attendance to weigh in on the spay-neuter ordinance, and others that are currently being considered by the Animal Welfare Oversight Committee. Those in attendance included dog breeders and veterinarians.
Many argued that setting an age by which animals should be fixed is wrong because it’s an unsafe procedure for some breeds if done too young.
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