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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – Rescue groups working in Illinois want to be able to spay or neuter stray dogs then put them back on the streets.

“That’s not ideal for us, we don’t want to release an animal back on the streets,” but Jamie Case, Executive Director of Gateway Pet Guardians, tells KMOX it may be necessary in communities like East St. Louis where dozens of stray dogs are having litter after litter of puppies. 

Case says there’s not enough shelter space to take them all in.  “Unfortunately with the problem being so prevalent over there, this will help curb overpopulation of puppies in that area.”

Case says State Representative Tom Holbrook has sponsored legislation that would make spay and release of dogs legal.  It’s already allowed in Illinois for colonies of feral cats.

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