Kings County, California

This ordinance requires the spaying or neutering of all dogs and cats who are 4 months of age or older.


Sec. 4-20. – Mandatory spaying or neutering of dogs and cats.

The board of supervisors hereby finds and declares that a program for the mandatory spaying or neutering of dogs and cats in the County of Kings, along with a licensing and certification structure designed to manage the unaltered dogs and cats owned in the county is a reasonable and effective means of reducing the population of homeless dogs and cats in the County of Kings.

No person may own or harbor a dog or cat over the age of four months in violation of this section. All unaltered dogs or cats must be spayed or neutered or, in the case of an unaltered dog, be licensed in accordance with section 4-38.

Any person who owns or harbors a dog or cat which is unable to be spayed or neutered without a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or death due to age, infirmity, or a medical condition, must obtain written verification of the inability from a licensed veterinarian. The writing must state whether the inability is permanent or temporary and, if temporary, when the dog or cat may be spayed or neutered in the future.

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