By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: City of Needles (Information and Agenda Packet):
Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council will be discussing and possibly voting on an ordinance regarding animal control, and un-spayed and un-neutered cats during their regular meeting being held at 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located at 1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street.
According to documents from the City of Needles, un-spayed and un-neutered cats propagate far beyond the capacity of local shelters including in the City of Needles. Shelters are often forced to euthanize young and healthy animals to make room for more animals. The financial cost to taxpayers and the emotional toll suffered by shelter employees and the communities who take care of these animals are extremely high.
City Staff has worked with the City Attorney to develop an Ordinance that proposes an amendment to the Animal Control Ordinance requiring spaying and neutering of cats over four (4) months of age and has included exemptions such as (1) a high likelihood the animal will suffer serious bodily harm or death if spayed or neutered due to age or infirmity, and (2) the animal is registered with a recognized national registry.
Owners with unaltered cats may only be cited if they are in violation of another state or local law that concerns possession of a cat. Examples of such state law or local violations include, but are not limited to, the following; cat at large; cattery permit violations; unhealthy or unsanitary conditions; failure to provide adequate care for the subject cat in violation of the Penal Code; rabies quarantine violations for the subject cat; operating a business without a license and/or lack of State Tax ID Number; cats left unattended in motor vehicles; potentially dangerous, dangerous or vicious animals; and noisy animals.
Penalties issued for failure to spay or neuter a cat shall be enforced as set forth below:
- (1) A fine not to exceed $300 for a first violation.
- (2) A fine not to exceed $400 for a second violation within one year.
- (3) A fine not to exceed $500 for each additional violation within the same year.
As for the fiscal impact, the City of Needles said in the documents staff time for of sheltering and adopting animals and cost of drugs to euthanize animals.
The recommended action to members of the Needles City Council is to approve Ordinance No. 645-AC Amending Chapter 4, Animal Control of the Needles Municipal Co elated to Un-Spayed and Un-Neutered Cats.
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The public may attend the meeting but masks are encourage and designated seating will be available.
The public can also attend via Microsoft Teams and May submit any comments in writing prior to noon (12:00 p.m. PT) on the day of the meeting by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The public can join the live Microsoft Teams meeting by please logging into the City of Needles website at: http://www.cityofneedles.com to access the agenda and click the link.
If asked, enter the following: Meeting ID: 529 780 035# OR listen in and participate by calling Teams: 1-323-488-2227 – Meeting ID: 529 780 035# The meetings are being recorded.
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For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.