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Valid arguments.

I agree that a mandatory spay and neuter law will probably not fix things. The responsible owners that would follow the law would never allow an animal to have an unplanned litter.

What we are really dealing with is the feral cat population and the owner surrenders. Some of the surrenders are unwanted litters by irresponsible owners. To combat this, we need to have a sliding scale to alter pets for financially strapped families. There are some programs in place. I use them myself. Cats are about $50 and dogs about $100 through Humane Society and Heaven Can Wait. The thing is, not many people know this and those that do cannot always afford it.

Also, I think pet owners that surrender animals based on "I want such-and-such apartment" and "My new boyfriend doesn't like them" are crap and should be black-listed from ever owning an animal ever again.

We have a throw away attitude when it comes to family pets and that right there is the heart of the issue.

If the SPCA or the Humane Society could have the staff to moniter the animal sales in this county, we could cut back on the backyard breeders and "puppy mills" and get a handle on the overpopulation.

(Suggest removal) 10/22/09 at 9 p.m.

Long-time pet owner. 2 dogs, 3 cats currently.

I have all of my pets neutered, except one. The only reason we haven't neutered the larger dog is because we lost jobs and it's not a priority.

That said, I think its a great idea to have your pets spayed and neutered. My husband rescued a 6 month old kitten from a motel he picks up from (he's a cabby) and had the kitten neutered the following day with Heaven Can Wait. Biggest reason? The little brat spent 5 minutes in the house before he started spraying everywhere. After the neuter, hasn't sprayed once.

Our older dog got neutered, not because of the law or the statistics, but because he wouldn't stop humping the cats. Since the neuter, he doesn't seem to even care that the cats exist.

I had a cat a few years ago that was a slippery little thing. She would wait until I opened the door and bolt. About a week later, she would come back pregnant. She did this twice before I gave up and aborted a litter of kittens (broke my heart) that were probably going to end up in the shelter.

No matter what, you can't control your animals 100%. Dogs break out of the back yard. Cats slip out of the house. Just like I would say to people having sex... Are you prepared to care for the whoops when it happens?

Either spay or neuter your animals, or be prepared to take care of the babies. IMHO

(Suggest removal) 10/22/09 at 1:31 p.m.

Nevada will never completely recover from this mess. Bigger and better casinos are opening in backyards across the country. Why travel when you can stay at home most of the year. Even if tourists decide to come back here, the prices will never appeal to them and the "experience" isn't what it used to be.

Even rats know when to abandon a sinking ship...

(Suggest removal) 10/22/09 at 12:58 p.m.

What we are dealing with here is the sheep mentality. Society in general is a very scared group of sheep. If one cries "wolf," mass hysteria ensues.

Fear is the control of the masses. If people are scared, they are easier to manage. Fear makes us do what we are told.

Some of the happiest people I know don't watch the news anymore. Really, it's just the same stuff over and over anyway. Kind of reminds me of a bad soap opera that's been running for 25 years. They've officially run out of new plot twists, so they recycle the old ones and hope no one notices.

Think about it... Whenever you turn on the news, over the last 15 years or so, what do you see?

- A missing child.
- An abused child.
- Someone with a bomb.
- Death at a high school.
- A country you can't pronounce is fighting with another country you can't pronounce.
- Stock market is in peril.
- President said something stupid.
- First Lady is reading to some kids.
- Two bald guys arguing over the GDP.
etc., etc., etc....

(Suggest removal) 10/22/09 at 12:53 p.m.

Yes, but what you don't realize is the dust was kicked up by an ATV south of Vegas on your way in from LA. Saw it on my way into town about 2 hours ago. The wind carried it into town, but it was started by a vehicle.

(Suggest removal) 10/19/09 at 3:51 p.m.

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