Indiana Alert: Tippecanoe County to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter on October 20

The Tippecanoe County Commission has proposed a rewrite of the county’s animal control code. ...

The Tippecanoe County Commission has proposed a rewrite of the county’s animal control code. 

 

This includes mandatory sterilization of all dogs and cats over 6 months of age unless the owner obtains a breeder’s permit. 
 

The permit is required for anyone who wishes to own an intact animal, regardless of whether that animal is being bred.  A new permit must be obtained every year.  Those who do wish to breed would be permitted no more than one litter each year.  Anyone found out of compliance must pay a $200 fine. 
 

The only exemption is for those who meet the state definition of “commercial breeder” (those who own at least 20 intact females over one year of age).  The proposal specifically states that unless you meet the definition of commercial breeder, the permit will apply. 
 

A copy of the proposal may be viewed by clicking here or visiting www.tippecanoe.in.gov/commissioners.
 

It is very important that those who reside in the county contact the commission prior to October 20 and let them know that you oppose this section of the ordinance.  The commissioners may be contacted at: commissioners@tippecanoe.in.gov
 

Visit AKC’s Government Relations Policy Resources Toolbox and scroll down to “Mandatory Spay Neuter” to view sample letters to legislators that you can personalize.

 

Talking Points:

AKC Issue Analysis: Why Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws are Ineffective
AKC Issue Brief: Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws