SANTA FE, N.M. — Legislation aimed at raising money to help low-income families spay or neuter their pets cleared its first Senate committee on Wednesday.
The proposal, Senate Bill 367, would phase in a new fee on dog- and cat-food manufacturers, eventually generating annual revenue of about $1.4 million.
The money would be largely dedicated to spay-neuter programs, with the goal of reducing the overpopulation of pets who end up in animal shelters.
The extra fee, if passed on to consumers, would cost the average pet-food-buying family roughly $2, supporters have said
Senate Bill 367, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, is now headed to the Senate Finance Committee, potentially its last stop before reaching the full Senate.