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Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Approves Mandatory Spay and Neuter Law

Paws Up!
March 4, 2017

To the Rio Rancho City Council in New Mexico for passing an ordinance that would require companion animal owners to spay and neuter their animals.

There is an epidemic of stray cats and dogs  in the United States. The number of stray cats and dogs has slowly decreased over the years thanks to the emergence of non-profit animal rescues, awareness about pet adoption, and commitment by shelters and individuals to spay or neuter companion animals. Spay and neuter surgery is a safe, practical, and effective solution to reduce the number of stray and unwanted animals in a community.

According to a recent news article, city council members in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, have approved an ordinance  requiring individuals to spay or neuter their animals.  Service dogs, working dogs, and show dogs are exempt.  The Rio Rancho City Council also approved a measure to ban the for-profit sale of dogs and cats in local pet stores. This effort will help to combat puppy mills, which sell puppies to pet shops for a profit.

Learn more about the advantages of spaying and neutering your companion animal and puppy mills by ordering or downloading our free brochures.

Take Action:  Rio Rancho residents, thank your city council member for passing this ordinance to help decrease the number of homeless pets.

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