Bad breeding: Neutering a smart choice

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By Katy Korkos

Everybody thinks puppies and kittens are cute, but the consequences of allowing your pet to breed can be dire. With 75 million dogs and about 85 million cats in the United States, people should think long and hard about contributing to the population of pets.There is not a county statute that requires that pets be neutered, but the health of the pet can depend on a timely operation, said county animal control officer Charles Lujan. “It’s a healthy practice,” Lujan said.He said spaying and neutering pets helps cut down on overcrowding in shelters, and prevents animals from being euthanized. Additionally, “state law indicates animal shelters must have animals spayed unless the owner has a breeder’s permit,” Lujan said. The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter volunteer organization has worked not only in the county but throughout northern New Mexico to keep animals from being euthanized, and to keep the shelter from becoming overcrowded by finding foster homes for stray animals, paying for medical care for sick animals and socializing animals to make them more adoptable. Friends of the Shelter provided the following list of responses to common reasons cited by people who want their animals to breed:

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