The City of Barstow is considering a mandatory spay-and-neuter law in accordance with its vicious dog ordinances. On August 13, San Bernardino County began to enforce a spay-and-neuter law for pit bulls, one of the most vicious breed of dogs. Barstow city officials are discussing whether this law should apply to all dog breeds or just remain with pit bulls. The City of Yucaipa has passed similar laws.
A law requiring pet owners to spay or neuter their dog would keep dogs from roaming the streets and attacking people. California State law does not allow individual cities to establish a law that targets specific breeds. The only exception is when it applies to population control. In order for a specific city or county to establish mandatory spay and neuter laws, they must provide the State of California with specific information on dog bites and the details of specific dog bite cases.