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Fluffy & Fido Must Be Snipped, It's the Law

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed one of the country's most stringent pet sterilization laws yesterday, requiring dog and cat owners to spay/neuter their pets or face hefty fines.

What does this mean for you and fido or fluffy? It means that you must have them spayed or neuteured by the time they reach four months of age.

All dogs? All cats? Pretty much. The only animals exempted from the new law are those that compete in shows, are rescue or service animals, or that are registered as a pet used for breeding.

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What will happen if you don't? First time offenders will receive information about the law and they'll be given 60 days to spay/neuter their pets. A second offense gets you a $100 fine and 8 hours of community service. A third offense gets you a $500 fine "or" 40 hours of community service.

How can they possibly enforce this? Ah, the most important question. Will there be a new brigade of "ball police" roaming the streets of LA? Can you be given a ticket for Harry's hanging sack whilst walking for your morning coffee? What about the ladies? You can't tell just by looking at them. The big trick in all of this is how to enforce such a measure.