Princeton, West Virginia

Cats and dogs over the age of 6 months must be sterilized, with certain exceptions.


(a)   It shall be unlawful to own, possess, or keep in the City any dog or cat over the age of six months that has not been spayed or neutered except as provided herein.

(1)   Owners must alter their dogs and cats unless:

A. The pet is less than six months old;

B. The owner has obtained an unaltered animal permit from the City Clerk to keep the pet intact with the cost of such permit to be $50.00 per animal for the life of the animal;

C. A licensed veterinarian states in writing that the animal is medically unfit to undergo the procedure; or

D. The animal is kept in the City for fewer than 30 days in a one-year period.

(2)   To qualify for an unaltered animal permit, the owner must:

A. Satisfy the City Clerk that the permit is sought for a proper purpose or purchase a breeding permit.

B. Have the pet examined regularly by a licensed veterinarian.

C. Have the pet vaccinated annually.

D. Have the pet housed properly.

E. Have had no more than one violation of the Animal Code in the preceding 24 months (Passed January 12, 2015.)

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