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Vote on Controversial Pet Sterilization Bill Postponed

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 12, 2009 8:20PM

A vote on Ald. Ed Burke's controversial plan to require all cats and dogs in the city to be sterilized hit a roadblock today when...the court reporter taking testimony at the City Council hearing had to leave. Still, the no-vote followed hours of testimony and the measure looks to be facing some opposition. Ald. Ray Suarez (31st) said, "It really doesn't make a lot of sense when you tell me what a dog owner can do." Ald. Ed Smith (28th) had an issue with Burke's claim that such a measure would stop dog attacks, saying, "We're on the wrong track." Still, Ald. Burke, who has promised to bring the measure up for voting again at a later date, was not deterred as he said, “I still believe there is a sufficient number of votes to pass this thing." [Trib]