ST. LOUIS (AP) — A proposal under consideration in St. Louis would require pet owners to spay, neuter and microchip their animals.

The same measure would ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats. The bill received initial approval by an aldermanic committee on Thursday, and is part of an effort to reform animal control laws and crack down on the owners of thousands of city strays overwhelming animal shelters.

But in the same meeting of the Health and Services Committee, aldermen narrowly rejected a $250,000 donation to the city’s nonprofit dog shelter, Stray Rescue.

Some aldermen say they’re skeptical that residents would follow a mandatory spay-neuter program.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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