LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County supervisors have passed a measure requiring residents in unincorporated neighborhoods to spay and neuter their cats.

Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the proposal at a meeting Tuesday.

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The Los Angeles Times reports 19,000 cats were euthanized last year — 70 percent of all felines brought to the county’s six shelters. Cats are euthanized in higher numbers than dogs, which are more likely to be adopted or reclaimed by their owners.

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Residents in the county’s unincorporated areas are already required to neuter their dogs.

Supervisors will vote on a final proposal once the details are set. Officials are working to find low-cost vet services for cat owners.

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