Cats Must Be Fixed in Rhode Island

June 16, 2006

Now wouldn’t this be grand if our government adopt the same policy to step up responsible pet ownership & stray control?

Providence, RI (AP)
June 10,2006

Rhode Island has become the first state in the nation to require cat owners to spay or neuter their pets.

Governor Carcieri signed the bill into law Friday. It requires cat owners to spay or neuter pets older than six months unless they pay $100 for a breeder’s license or permit for an intact animal.

Violators will be fined $75 per month. Under the law, low-income pet owners would be able to receive subsidies for low-cost spay and neuter surgery.

Farmers are exempt. Supporters of the law say it will save thousands of cats from being killed each year. The governor says it will also save money because it will cut down on housing and feeding costs at city animal shelters.


2 Responses to “Cats Must Be Fixed in Rhode Island”

  1. M said

    WOW. I can’t believe that this isn’t already a law in some states. In many places you are required to register your pets and pay for a license(why??)
    This seems like a law that helps cats. (altho, if ALL of the cats are spayed,won’t that mean eventually the cat population will dwindle to zero?)

  2. auntie p said

    To be effective, even before our govt can set the law to require cat owners to sterilise their pet cats, it must first fix the law to allow over 80% of the population to become cat owners in the first instance.

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