YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1: PIT BULL SPAY/NEUTER ORDINANCE APPROVED

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PART 1: PIT BULL SPAY/NEUTER ORDINANCE APPROVED

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff breaks her report into two parts. Today, in Part 1, mandatory spay and neuter for pit bull breed dogs…
Owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes in Yucca Valley will be required to spay and neuter their dogs that are 4 months and older (with a few exemptions), under an ordinance that was approved by the Yucca Valley Town Council last night. The Town’s Animal Care and Control Manager, Melanie Crider, listed the reasons why the Council should approve the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance: “It increases the safety to humans and animals; it reduces the number of unwanted pets in the community; and it holds irresponsible pet owners accountable. It also decreases undesirable behavior such as roaming, and reduce [the cost] to taxpayers to house impounded animals.” Eight residents spoke in favor of the ordinance; Mayor Pro Tem Robert Lombardo and other council members said they only received one e-mail opposing it. “I am overwhelmed by the support this ordinance has and I have changed my mind from being opposed to being in favor of spay-neuter.” In fact, Lombardo and Dawn Rowe were so in favor of the ordinance they wanted to expand it. “Along with Dr Lombardo, I would also encourage us looking into all breeds.” The ordinance will have a second reading at the Council in two weeks, and then will take effect 30 days later.

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