In 2018, the state House, in a 48-19 vote, and the Senate, in a 30-4 vote, passed a bill to require a very small fee of pet-food companies who sold products in New Mexico earmarked to provide spay and neuter services to those who cannot afford the surgery for their pets.

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed this bill.

Three states have passed similar legislation: Maine, Maryland and West Virginia. They report no adverse effects regarding pet food availability, and huge positive affects with reductions in pet euthanasia.

These are common sense bills (Senate Bill 367 and House Bill 53). Please ask your elected House and Senate members to support these simple bills that will do so much to stop the killing of unwanted animals.

Nancy E. Yarmac

Rio Rancho