San Antonio, TX 78204
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Published on Thursday, August 2, 2018
CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210-207-6665
SAN ANTONIO (August 2, 2018) - City Council has unanimously approved a new shade requirement for the Chapter 5 pet ordinance, San Antonio’s collection of animal laws. The new law requires all owned or kept animals have access to shade, whether natural or artificial, at all times when outside. Adequate shade can include trees, shrubs or other foliage as well as created shaded areas like patios, canopies, awnings or pop-up umbrellas. The enhancement will be added to the ordinance’s Standard of Care requirements (section 5-6) which states companion animals must be given comprehensive and humane care. Included in this list is species specific food, access to fresh air, clean water, exercise, veterinary care if needed and shelter (which is defined as three walls, a raised floor and a roof). ACS Assistant Director Shannon Sims says violators of the newly revised ordinance face stiff penalties up to $2000. “Like the rest of the Chapter 5 ordinance, the new shade requirements can be addressed by Animal Care Officers through civil or criminal citations” says Sims. “At the end of the day, it’s in your best interest, and certainly your pets, to obey the law and protect your pet from the South Texas heat with a cool, shady place to get out of the sun.” Sims says while officers will work with pet owners to educate them on the new law, the ordinance goes into effect immediately.
Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)
Categories: City News, Animal Care Services