City residents can have up to five pets spayed or neutered for free under a program announced today by Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris.
Mrs. Harris said $170,000 has been earmarked for the program, which begins March 1. Applications will be approved by the office of animal control.
At a press conference this morning, Mrs. Harris and other speakers said spaying and neutering is a humane way to reduce the city's overpopulation of dogs and cats. Dan Rossi, executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, said spayed and neutered animals live longer, healthier lives than other pets.