On a vote of 5 to 3 the Pasadena City Council ordered the city attorney to craft a new ordinance mandating spaying/neutering of all dogs and cats in it's city ages six months or older. Such a new proposed ordinance will come back to the council in 60 days for a first reading. If approved, that would be followed by a second reading and then implementation.
The vote came after lengthy debate among the council-members and almost 50 speakers during the public comment period that seemed evenly split on the issue.
Efforts to mandate spaying/neutering of dogs and cats in Pasadena actually started a few years back when Councilman Steve Madison took aim at pit bulls only. He wanted them fixed saying they were too dangerous and that most of the fatal dogs bites are from pit bulls.
But, the State of CA said it was discriminatory to just focus on one breed. To that, Councilman Steve Madison told me "I think that's nonsense because animals don't have rights, with all due respects to PETA, under the constitution."
So, the city staff and Pasadena Humane Society came up with another idea. Spay and neuter all dogs and cats 6 months or older with an exception for breeders or others who would pay more for their fees as a result. And, that's if the exception is appropriate.
PETA?s Lisa Lange like this. She says, "if you reduce the population of cats and dogs then you reduce the need for field calls, reduce the number of animals being euthanized, you reduce the cost of housing and feeding these animals so it makes good sense across the board."
There were some here who agreed with PETA, but others who took the podium who didn't. One woman saying, "I'm against it because I believe we can have the residents of Pasadena do the same thing."
In other words take responsibility for their own dogs and cats.
That?s what Elizabeth Hammond thinks. Both of her dogs are neutered. It was her choice not because of a local law. She told me, we're talking about a fundamental right to keep an animal and let it reproduce?