A bill filed in the Indiana House this week by Democrat Rep. Linda Lawson, of Hammond, would try to address the state's unwanted animal population.
House Bill 1400 would establish the Indiana companion animal sterilization fund, which would allow Medicaid recipients to receive spay and neuter services at no charge. The tax payer wouldn’t have to pick up the tab either as the law would also impose a fee of $50 on the retail sale of any unsterilized cat or dog and increase the fee collected from pet food distributors for inspections.
Supporters say that the new law will reduce the overpopulation of unwanted pets, reduce euthanasia, and reduce dog bites.
Similar bills have been introduced three times, but all have failed.
The bill must receive a committee hearing before Jan, 28 or it will fail for the year.