Cleveland, Ohio needs to implement spay/neuter solutions for dogs within the city. Each year Cleveland Animal Control takes in over 4,000 stray, abused and neglected dogs. Only a portion of those animals are released back to owners or taken in to rescue to be re homed. The cost, both financial and moral is just too high. We are asking for spay and neuter solutions in the form of low to no cost programs, mandatory spay and neuter before dogs are returned to owners from animal control and laws governing breeding and breeders.
According to the ASPCAPRO.org: "Substantial cost savings typically come from reduction in the cost of services to deal with stray, abandoned, and feral animals and their offspring. To pick up, house for three days, and destroy an animal costs between $100-125. To spay/neuter an animal costs between $35-55.* Depending on the cost of services in their area, public agencies (and taxpayers) might save half to two thirds of their current animal-control costs after funding a spay/neuter program."
We are asking that the city of Cleveland develop a program to legislate low cost spay and neuter for dogs and to create breeder license with permit fees for any dog breeder. This will prevent dog overpopulation and save the city and the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars per year.
* Costs are based on SNAP estimate of $125 for Harris County, TX in 2000; Orange County, FL Animal Services estimate of $105 in 1995; Peter Marsh estimate of $105 in New Hampshire in 1994.