AKC Government Relations has learned that the City of Indianapolis/Marion County, Indiana, is being encouraged by several groups, including the Indianapolis Animal Care Services, to consider drafting a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance in order to address shelter population concerns in the city.
While no draft has been formally introduced, it is believed that the proposal may be based on a law in Hamilton County, Indiana, which requires mandatory sterilization of all dogs and cats over 9 months of age, unless the owner has a breeder’s permit.
AKC agrees that all dog owners should be responsible for their dogs, and understands that the local shelter is overwhelmed. However, instead of mandatory spay-neuter, a focus needs to be made on enforcement of at-large and other animal control laws, and a study needs to be conducted of the shelter to understand where the animals are originating and why they are entering the shelter in order to truly address the root of the issue.
It is important for those who reside or participate in dog shows in Indianapolis to contact the council and let them know that mandatory spay/neuter is not the solution for addressing shelter population issues. This is an opportunity for the council to hear from you before a proposal is even drafted.
Contact Information for the City-County Councilors of Marion County and Indianapolis:
LeRoy Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Fanning – fanningINDY@gmail.com
Christine Scales – email@example.com
Michael J. McQuillen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Coats – email@example.com
Janice McHenry – firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Simpson – email@example.com
Monroe Gray, Jr. – firstname.lastname@example.org
William Oliver – email@example.com
Maggie A. Lewis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vop Osili – email@example.com
Blake Johnson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen J. Clay – Stephen.email@example.com
LaKeisha Jackson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn Pfisterer – email@example.com
Jefferson Shreve – firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Adamson – email@example.com
Susie Cordi – firstname.lastname@example.org
David Ray – email@example.com
Jason Holliday – firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Mascari – email@example.com
Jared Evans – firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Kreider – email@example.com
John Wesseler – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Mowery – email@example.com
AKC Government Relations and the Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance are closely monitoring the council actions and will also be communicating our concerns and more effective solutions. More information will be provided as it becomes available. If you receive feedback from the council, please let us know by contacting AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org.