According to a news story, “…the ordinance would require pet owners to alter any cat or dog more than 6 months old unless they pay a $50 fee….” The ordinance also establishes an annual fee for breeding animals and requires all animals to be at least seven weeks old with proper vaccinations prior to sale.
Sterilization programs will slowly reduce the amount of animal suffering in the area by reducing the number of unwanted animals who die in shelters or on the streets. These progressive measures also save the county money while setting an example to neighboring communities.
The fees and regulations put on breeders in the county will help curb unscrupulous individuals who breed and sell unhealthy animals at the cost to both consumers and animals while earning money to help care for the homeless animals waiting in shelters.
Take Action: Write a letter to the Mercer County commissioners applauding their efforts to reduce pet overpopulation in their area and to continue the good work. Also, look into the regulations in your area. If your location does not have a spay-neuter ordinance, write to the local commission.
Also, do your part to end overpopulation and ensure that the animals around you are spayed or neutered.
Commissioner Joe Coburn
Commissioner Jay Mills
Commissioner Karen S. Disibbio
Mercer County Commission
1501 West Main Street, Suite 210
Princeton, WV 24740