Hoping to lower the number of animals that are euthanized, Huntington Beach is considering whether to make residents spay or neuter their cats and dogs and implant microchips to assist in reuniting lost pets with their owners. The City Council voted 4 to 3 Monday to have staff draft an ordinance that would mirror one that Los Angeles County adopted last year to regulate most dogs in unincorporated areas. About 40,000 dogs have had microchips inserted. In e-mails to the city, some residents argued that pet regulations were unnecessary and cumbersome. Councilman Don Hansen, who voted against the plan, said, "I don't think it's the city's business or the state's business how we care for and maintain our pets. Most pet owners are responsible people, and we don't need to intrude." On Tuesday, Kathy Adams romped on the Huntington Beach sand with Duke.
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