Letter: Pet ordinance makes sense
I just read the article about the vote the supervisors cast concerning dogs and cats. I am an animal lover; I've had German shepherds for 35 years and now own a crazy border collie. I totally agree with this decision. Anyone who owns more than two dogs and four cats, should have a permit. I don't know how you are going to police this law, but good citizens will help. There is too much animal abuse in this county. People may start out well-meaning by helping the animals, but find out in the long run, they can't afford the upkeep.
I am an avid advocate of the spay-and-neuter program. I use the clinic all the time for my dog, to save money and keep the dog healthy. Going to a vet is necessary sometimes, but can get very expensive. I have lived in a county where they have programs to fund neutering of pets for free. One of my shepherds was spayed for free, another for $25. This is affordable. We do have clinics, but the cost is still prohibitive for a lot of families. We need to do something about this. Thousands of animals are killed every year. If they were neutered the numbers would be a lot less. My animals have had litters. It is a lot of work and expensive for shots.
Yesterday I was at Bashas' and a young girl was outside with a very cute kitten. She had three more in the car. If this cat was neutered, this girl would not have been there. Her mother may have said, "Get rid of them; we can't afford to feed them." In the long run, spaying is the answer. Let the breeders do their thing. At least they can take care of all their animals. Good job, Board of Supervisors.