Senate Backs Pet Neutering Bill

A bill requiring all cats and dogs put up for adoption to be spayed or neutered is on its way to the governor.
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Denver (AP) A bill requiring all cats and dogs put up for adoption to be spayed or neutered is on its way to the governor.

The senate gave it final approval Tuesday.

Under House Bill 1185, animal shelters and rescue groups must spay or neuter cats and dogs before turning them over to new owners, or the owners must promise to do so within 90 days.

Owners would have to leave a deposit and, if they fail to sterilize the animal, the shelters could take the animal back.

The bill applies only to pets going to new owners, not to dogs and cats being reclaimed by their owners.