Mandatory Spay and Neuter Program for Dogs
The Mandatory Spay and Neuter Program for Dogs can be found in Lee’s Summit City Ordinance 5.141.
City Ordinance 5.141 States:
- No person may own, keep, or maintain a dog over the age of six (6) months in violation of this section. An owner or custodian of an unaltered dog must have the dog spayed or neutered or obtain an unaltered dog license in accordance with Sec. 5-142.
- The owner or custodian of a dog which is unable to be spayed or neutered without a reasonable likelihood of suffering bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity, must obtain written confirmation of that fact from a licensed veterinarian. The writing must also state the date by which the dog may be safely spayed or neutered. If the dog is unable to be spayed or neutered within 30 days, the owner or custodian must apply for an unaltered dog license.
Assistance Dog shall mean a dog that has been or is being trained as a Guide Dog, Hearing Dog or Service Dog. The Department may require that owners, keepers, or maintainers of Assistance Dogs produce appropriate proof that the dog was formally trained for work as an assistance dog and is being used for such purposes. The above terms are further defined as follows:
- Guide Dog shall mean a dog that has been or is being specially trained to aid a particular blind or visually impaired person.
- Hearing Dog shall mean a dog that has been or is being specially trained to aid a particular deaf or hard of hearing person.
- Service Dog shall mean a dog that has been or is being specially trained to aid a particular person with a disability other than sight or hearing.
Competition Dog shall mean a dog which is used to show, to compete or to breed, which is of a breed recognized by and registered with a valid registry approved by the Department and meets one of the following requirements:
- The dog has competed in at least one dog show or sporting competition sanctioned by a valid registry approved by the Department, within the last 365 days;
- The dog has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working or other title from a purebred dog registry referenced above or other registry or dog sport association approved by the department; or
- The owner or custodian of the dog is a member of a purebred dog breed club, approved by the Department, which maintains and enforces a code of ethics for dog breeding that includes restrictions from breeding dogs with genetic defects and life threatening health problems that commonly threaten the breed.
Unaltered Dog License Requirements
An unaltered dog license may be obtained if the dog meets one of the following requirements:
- The dog is a competition dog (as defined by Ordinance).
- The dog is a qualified assistance dog (as defined by Ordinance).
- The dog is unable to be altered due to age or infirmity as determined by a licensed veterinarian.
- The dog is kept for breeding purposes by a person with a breeding permit.
- The dog is kept for breeding purposes by an Individual Breeder.
- The dog is owned by a law enforcement agency.
Impoundment of Unaltered Dogs
When an unaltered dog is impounded at the Lee’s Summit Animal Control Facility, due to a violation of City Ordinance, the owner may reclaim the unaltered dog when one of the following requirements is met:
- The dog is spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian at the expense of the owner.
- The owner demonstrates compliance with the requirements of an unaltered dog license.
Dog Breeding Requirements
Anyone wanting to breed their dog(s) must either be recognized as an Individual Breeder or apply for a Breeding Permit. Individual Breeders are those people that own only two dogs and intend to breed their dogs only once. Anyone who owns more than 2 dogs and/or wants to breed their dogs more than once will need to apply for a Breeding Permit before breeding their dogs. A Litter Permit is also required before breeding your dog(s).
For more information regarding the breeding of dogs, please contact the Animal Control Department at 816-969-1640.
Spay and Neuter Assistance Programs
There are resources available for those who need assistance with cost of having their dog spayed or neutered.
In the Kansas City Metro, the following agencies may be able to assist you with the funding necessary to have your dog spayed or neutered. Please contact these agencies directly to learn of their programs and their program requirements:
Low Cost Spay Neuter
300 SW Noel, Suite B
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
No More Homeless Pets KC
5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam, KS 66202
P.O. Box 16664
Raytown, MO 64133
Spay Neuter Kansas City
3710 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111