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Regarding mandatory spay/neuter legislation

NADOI opposes mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) legislation. The stated intent of such legislation is to reduce the number of dogs in shelters and euthanized. However, the volume of animals in shelters and euthanized has been dropping for decades. MSN has not proven effective in places where it has been tried.

Spaying and castrating are surgical procedures with risks and drawbacks. The decision to sterilize a dog should rest with the owner in consultation with his/her veterinarian. Education, dog training, the availability of low-cost spay/neuter clinics, and enforcement of leash laws are the most effective ways to reduce shelter populations.


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