Montgomery County, Maryland

  • Animal control agencies and shelters have the authority to spay or neuter any dog or cat that is impounded two or more times, at the owner’s expense.
  • The county is mandated to provide the county residents with spay/neuter clinics and offer services at uniform or reduced rate.

Sec. 5-303 (7) (d) Multiple Impoundments. (1) If an unaltered dog or cat is impounded 2 or more times, the owner must have the animal altered at the owner’s expense or surrender the animal to the Director.

Sec. 5-403 (a) The county directly or by contract must establish one or more clinics where county residents may have dogs or cats altered in a humane manner by a licensed veterinarian for a fee set by regulation. The county may contract for altering services by a licensed veterinarian at the veterinarian’s own place of business. The fee may be: (1) uniform or based on ability to pay; and (2) waived or reduced for financial hardship.

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