Following the example of other cities including Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada has now passed a law that all pet owners must provide proper pet care to their furry companions by having them spayed and neutered.
The Clark County Commission will now require pet owners to spay or neuter their animals by the time they’re four months old, hoping to curb the pet overpopulation epidemic, according to LasVegasNow.com.
Due to the animal overpopulation, many shelters have had to resort to euthanizing the animals. This new law is intended to stop the need for the avoidable practice.
According to the news source, some animal rights activists are against the age requirement, that four months old may be too young of an age to spay or neuter.
While many animal rights activists report that euthanasia is a serious problem in many shelters, it’s rather unclear exactly how many animals are affected. According to the Humane Society, the most recent statistics are from 1997, with only 1,000 shelters across the country responding. However, it was reported that 64 percent of the animals kept in those shelters were euthanized.