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Published on Thursday, October 05, 2017

City leaders approve progressive changes to animal laws

Revisions include ban on dog chaining, tighter spay neuter requirements

CONTACT: Lisa Norwood 210.207.6665, 210.315.3130

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 5, 2017) — Bolstering San Antonio’s progress toward becoming a safer and more humane community, City Council passed a number of enhancements to local animal laws today, known collectively as the Chapter 5 animal ordinance. Proposed by Animal Care Services following eight months of community meetings and two comprehensive surveys, key changes to the laws include:

  • A complete ban on the use of chains of any weight as tethering for dogs
  • Stricter spay neuter requirements for dogs legally declared dangerous or repeatedly impounded for roaming by ACS
  • Authorizing ACS Officers to impound pets sold in illegal locations like roadsides or flea markets or those without a litter permit
  • Increase in the allowable number of chickens on a property within the city limits to eight (8) (housing restrictions still apply) 
  • No more than one (1) rooster allowed per property within the city limits

The enhanced laws are focused on public safety and humane care.

“Laws are intended to promote and protect a community’s quality of life,” said Heber Lefgren, ACS Director. “The improved ordinance does just that by considering the balance between animal care and control as well as pets and people.”

While the revised animal ordinance will go into effect immediately, Animal Care Services will initiate a bilingual six-month outreach campaign to help the community learn more about the new laws.

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