My Lost Dog Was Turned In To The Dog Pound. Will They Sterilize It Before They Return It To Me?

In general no. If your dog is found at the pound and they have reason to believe that the animal will be picked up by the owner, then they will not sterilize the animal. The Dog and Cat Sterilization Act applies only to animals that are being prepared for adoption. So, if you have a pet that is used for a breeding business, and it gets turned in to the pound, then they will probably not sterilize it. However, you should check with the local laws or your county because they may have standards that exceed the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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