The City Council voted 14 to 1 Tuesday to pass an ordinance mandating that most pet dogs and cats in the city be sterilized at as early as 4 months.
The dissenter was Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who commented a week and a half ago that he had problems with requiring that dogs be altered so young and that he believed the city should focus first on licensing more dogs.
Exemptions will be available for animals of licensed breeders, show animals, service animals and those pets whose veterinarians believe the procedure too risky.
The bill goes into effect 45 days after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signs it, which he is expected to do. The city shelter system offers discount vouchers for spay-neuter services. In addition, pet owners can make an appointment for free spaying and neutering procedures at various locations throughout the city on Spay Day LA, Feb. 24. For information or to make appointments: www.spaydayla.com or (877) 893-4547.