The folks over in Kansas City, KS have begun doing door-to-door sweeps looking for unaltered dogs in order to get people to comply with the city's mandatory spay/neuter ordinance.
The city officers said they tried to go out and educate people last year about the city law that mandates that people spay/neuter their pets.
Now, the "education" is turning into tickets. With officers now leaving not only a low cost spay/neuter voucher on their door, but also a "hefty" fine. (I'm not sure what exactly "hefty" means and the fines for not altering your pets are not listed in the KCK bylaws -- however, they have two set fine amounts that other violations fall under -- one at $200 and one at $50....so it is likely that the $200 fine is the one being given out as I doubt news stations would use the word "hefty" over a $50 fine).
There is a woman interviewed in the video - and she said she was very grateful about receiving the $20 spay/neuter voucher because when she had called about getting her pet altered before it was $300 - which she couldn't afford. However, with the ticket, she is now barely better off that she was before.
Study after study has shown that the #1 reason people don't alter their pets is because of cost -- and that if we as an animal welfare community HELP them comply (and let's face it, the desire to have pets spay/neutered is to help US, not necessarly the owner or the the pet) by offering low-cost services that they will do so. And not only will they do say, they will be HAPPY with the help. However, this is not KCK's approach. In a county that has over 20% of the population living below the poverty line, they have taken the ticket and punish approach -- further building a wall and burning the bridge between pet owners and animal control officers and humane organizations. And just in time for the holiday season no less.
And then, what happens if owners like the one in the video don't comply -- or can't afford to pay their fine? What happens to the pets then? Are they eventually confiscated and added to the shelter population? Is the woman jailed for not paying fines, leaving her pets ownerless?
This is why voluntary programs work better. They help pet owners and celebrate the human/animal bond...vs trying to destroy it. And they build bridges between the low-income pet owners and the people who are most able to help them (and their pets) vs burning the bridge.
KCK doesn't get that....and burn baby burn.