Los Angeles (AP) Los Angeles now has one of the toughest laws on pet sterilization in the country. It would require most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they are four months old.
The intent is to reduce and eventually eliminate the thousands of euthanizations conducted in the city's animal shelters every tear.
The ordinance does exempt some animals. Not included are those that have competed in shows or sporting competitions, guide dogs, animals used by police agencies and those belonging to professional breeders.
Los Angeles animal shelters took in 50,000 cats and dogs last year and put approximately 15,000 to death at a cost of 2 million dollars.