SACRAMENTO -- A bill that would require most dogs and cats in California to be neutered has brought howls of protest from breeders and threats from the American Kennel Club to pull the nation's second-largest dog show from the state.
The measure -- which would be the most sweeping statewide pet-sterilization law in the country -- passed the Assembly by a single vote earlier this month and goes next to the Senate, where its prospects are uncertain despite support from celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Lionel Richie, and Bob Barker.
It is aimed at reducing the estimated 500,000 unwanted dogs and cats that are destroyed in California animal shelters each year.
"The more animals neutered and spayed, the fewer animals born, the fewer animals coming into our shelters, and fewer animals are euthanized," said Pat Claerbout, president of the California Animal Control Directors Association.
Licensed breeders of purebreds would be exempt.