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April 5, 2014

Susie Schieve: County desperately needs spay/neuter law

The Madison County Community Foundation through its Grant Madness contest has brought awareness to the hardworking non-profits of our community.

This has been an exciting time for the Madison County Humane Society to be voted into the Final 4, out of 24 worthy organizations. We are so proud to have been nominated. We will be using our grant money to spay or neuter pets for people in need in our community.

Congratulations to the citizens of Marion and Grant County, our neighbors to the north. Their city council just passed a spay/neuter law. All dogs and cats must be spay or neutered. The exception to this law is that a breeder may acquire a breeding license. They also are not going to allow dogs to be tied out!

Of course, there will be loop holes in this law ,as the puppy mill breeders will most likely get a license to breed. But this is a start. This law will stop many of the backyard breeders and irresponsible pets owners who fail to get their animals altered.

The Madison County Humane Society and the Animal Protection League have been working for many years to get this same law passed in Anderson and Madison County. This request has just gone on deaf ears.

Why can we not get help from our city and county governments?

We have a terrible problem here; our shelters are more than full, animals are running the streets and starving to death on chains, and pets are being shot in the country. This will be even worse with the new spring litters of puppies and kittens.

Our animal organizations can only do so much. We need the support of the community to put pressure on our city and county councils to get a law passed that will help cut down on the unwanted animals.

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