Needles City Council will discuss and possibly vote on an ordinance regarding the control of unsterilized and unsterilized cats and animals at Tuesday’s regular meeting. – ZachNews

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles (Information and Agenda Kit):

Needles, Calif .: Members of Needles City Council will discuss and possibly vote on an ordinance regarding the control of unsterilized, unsterilized cats and animals at their regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. PT, Tuesday January 11. 2022 inside the Needles City Council Chamber located at 1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street.

According to City of Needles documents, unsterilized and unsterilized cats are spreading far beyond the capacity of local shelters, including the City of Needles. Shelters are often forced to euthanize healthy young animals to make room for more animals. The financial cost to taxpayers and the emotional burden on shelter workers and the communities caring for these animals is extremely high.

City staff worked with the city attorney to develop an ordinance that proposed an amendment to the Animal Control Ordinance requiring the sterilization of cats over four (4) months old and included exemptions such as (1) a a high probability that the animal will suffer serious bodily harm or death if spayed or neutered due to age or infirmity, and (2) the animal is registered in a nationally recognized registry.

Owners of unaltered cats can only be cited if they violate another state or local law regarding cat ownership. Examples of such state laws or local violations include, without limitation, the following; free cat; cattery license violations; unsanitary or unsanitary conditions; failure to provide adequate care to the cat in question in violation of the Penal Code; rabies quarantine violations for the cat in question; operate a business without a license and / or without a state tax identification number; cats left unattended in motor vehicles; potentially dangerous, dangerous or vicious animals; and noisy animals.

The penalties pronounced for failure to castrate or sterilize a cat will be applied as indicated below:

  • (1) A fine not exceeding $ 300 for a first offense.
  • (2) A fine not exceeding $ 400 for a second offense in the year.
  • (3) A fine not exceeding $ 500 for each additional offense during the same year.

As for the fiscal impact, the City of Needles indicated in the documents the time staff spend on housing and adopting animals and the cost of medication to euthanize the animals.

The action recommended to members of the municipal needle council is to approve Ordinance No. 645-AC amending Chapter 4, Animal Control of Municipal Needles Related to Unsterilized and Unsterilized Cats.

*** Agenda Package for Agenda Item # 3 (Unless stated otherwise, all downloadable agenda packages that are posted here are in PDF file format, please make sure therefore to have a reader or a viewer of PDF file): ***

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The public may attend the meeting but masks are encouraged and designated seats will be available.

The public can also participate through Microsoft Teams and can submit their comments in writing by noon (12:00 p.m. PT) on the day of the meeting by sending an email to: [email protected]

The public can join the Microsoft Teams Live Meeting by logging into the City of Needles website at: to access the agenda and click on the link.

If prompted, enter the following information: Meeting ID: 529 780 035 # OR Listen and Join by calling Teams: 1-323-488-2227 – Meeting ID: 529 780 035 # Meetings are in progress registration.

*** Regular meeting of Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority to be broadcast live on ZachNews on Facedelivered: ***

For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.


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