A Quick Word on Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws

October 5, 2009

The Louisville Kennel Club sued the City of Louisville/Jefferson County over the provisions of a Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance.  The case wended its way through the Court and a decision has finally been reached.  An article about the decision appears here.  The author is not correct that this case controls across the US.  The Country is divided first into Districts, and this is a District Court decision.  The country is further divided into twelve Circuits, and each Circuit may make its own decision on cases from Districts within its area — though a well-reasoned opinion is always helpful.  This opinion would become the law of the land only if it was appealed to the Circuit Court in which Kentucky resides, and then appealed to the US Supreme Court which either refused to hear the case — which leaves in effect the Court of Appeals’ opinion as the prevailing law, or did agree to hear the case and then affirmed the Court of Appeals.  The link to the actual decision, is the first link within the article — for those of you who love to read legaleze.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for pointing out the need for clarification on that point in the article. It has already been restated for clarity and legal application accuracy.

    The first link in the article provides a download of the decision.