Because Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, signed a new law today that requires pet owners in L.A., with some exceptions, to have their cats and dogs spayed or neutered. At right is Councilman Tony Cardenas.
"By requiring that all cats and dogs be spayed or neutered, we can help to humanely decrease the number of pets abandoned and euthanized each year," the mayor said. "This ordinance, which contains clear guidelines and enforceable penalties, creates a valuable tool to take this city another step closer toward eliminating the unnecessary euthanasia of animals."
The new law takes effect in April.
--Veronique de Turenne
Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times