Time For A Spay/Neuter Ordinance

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 9, 2012

Dear Editor,
    I would be very interested in hearing Troy Walters explain to the volunteers why Animal Services hasn't even asked the city to look into passing some sort of spay/neuter ordinance?
    The boards of directors at Emancipet, the Austin Humane Society, Animal Trustees of Austin, the Texas Federation of Animal Society, Shadow Cats along with the Austin Neighborhoods Council and the Capital Area Progressive Democrats have all passed resolutions asking the city to consider a spay/neuter ordinance. More than 15,000 East Austin and Travis County residents have signed a petition of support for a spay/neuter ordinance. With all that happening, the only two people the city has listened to have been Ellen Jefferson, who told me she was selling out her support for a spay/neuter ordinance for Ryan Clinton's support, and of course Ryan Clinton, who doesn't work directly with animals or rescue.
    I'd very much like to know why we continue on with policies that strain the budget, staff, and volunteers? Why we support policies that force us to adopt out animals to the homeless and mentally ill? Why we won't do the heavy lifting to accomplish the right thing?
    What is the city afraid of?
Delwin Goss
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