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Animal adoption now requires sterilization

Saturday, September 17, 2011

According to Arkansas Senate Bill 550, which went into effect on July 1, all animals adopted through a pound, shelter, humane organization or animal rescue group must be sterilized prior to completion of the adoption.

The bill, which amends AR. Code 20-19-103, makes it unlawful for any animal control or humane facility or group, statewide, to release any dog or cat to a new owner unless it has been spayed or neutered.

Exceptions to this rule are dogs and cats under the age of three months, and animals which have been deemed medically compromised to the extent that he or she cannot withstand immediate sterilization.

In such cases, the pet may be released to prospective owners on a temporary foster care agreement until it can be safely sterilized, or until two licensed veterinarians certify it to be permanently disabled to the point that it cannot be safely sterilized.

At that time the animal may be adopted to an owner who certifies that the disabled animal will not be used for breeding.

Violations of this law are misdemeanors punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred and not more than five hundred dollars. Costs for sterilization and required vaccination by local veterinarians typically run from $90 to $125.

Persons wishing to adopt an animal from the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control are responsible for sterilization of their new pet. North Arkansas Veterinary Hospital has offered a 20 percent discount to the city for dogs and cats adopted through the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control.

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This is an EXCELLENT idea! There have been 4 young dogs / puppies dumped on my road just this past week. Spay and Neuter people! There also needs to be a rule on full disclosure on animals that are to be adopted. I adopted one from ICARE that was not accurately described. I wound up taking it back to ICARE because the animal was not at all how it was described. The health information that I was given on the dog was inaccurate and when I questioned it the Icare people had a fit. The one ICARE person that I dealth with had 14 dogs in her home. How can that be better for the animals? Spaying and neutering isn't going to deter people from dumping animals,so there needs to be some sort of penalty for that. I live rurally, and the road I live on seems to be a target for dog dumping. Our family tries to adopt some of them but we just cannot keep them all. I currently have one puppy that was dumped a week ago, I took it in to feed it because some loser dumped it.

-- Posted by goatgirl on Sat, Sep 17, 2011, at 6:27 AM

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