Spay Neuter Law

Pet store calls city's spay/neuter law unfair

An Ohio pet store chain is protesting an Athens city law that holds the store responsible if customers don't spay or neuter their pets. Officials in the southeast Ohio city say they had to act to reduce the three-thousand cats and dogs the animal shelter kills each year.

Most local governments pass laws requiring owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs. But research indicates the requirements don't work. So Athens said it would fine pet stores or breeders who doesn't live in the city. Petland is the city's only pet store. It says it can't control customers' actions.

The store gives customers a certificate for a free sterilization. But the veterinarian is 50 miles away in the chain's home city of Chillicothe.