New Pet Laws Take Effect in Dallas

Provisions include mandatory spay/neuter and pet limits.

By Soraya Gutierrez | Posted: July 1, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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The Dallas City Council approved stricter animal laws that call for mandatory spay/neuter, pet limits and proper tethering of dogs. The provisions take effect today.  

Mandatory spay/neuter, the most controversial of the issues, requires the spaying or neutering of most pet cats and dogs in Dallas. City officials cited the number of unwanted pets that are put down in shelters — about 500 per week — as a reason for supporting the ordinance.

The new law also limits the number of owned animals per residence to six cats and/or dogs. Additionally, pet owners must properly restrain and control dogs as part of the new anti-tethering provision.

The city council voted 10-3 in favor of the stricter animal laws.

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Pat    Omaha, NE

11/14/2008 6:43:36 AM

Sounds good

Mary    Dallas, TX

7/30/2008 3:47:39 PM

Come on. Where are all you environmentalists and lawyers? With that mandatory spay/neuter, innocent dogs and cats that don't contribute whatsoever to the homeless population will be affected by this. The problem with the law is that it doesn't address the root problem of homeless animals. And up will go the population of other animals. Well, if you like lots of rats and mice, you'll get them with this law. No telling what other animals will thrive as a result of this law. And kiss your dogs and cats goodbye in the future. They won't be there before long. It's upsetting the balance of nature, and it's very inhumane because it doesn't guarantee the safety and welfare of our pets due to a needless surgery for a cancer they may or may not get. Furthermore, it's offensive to many of us because it alters something that God made.

Tanya    Paden City, WV

7/20/2008 9:30:16 AM

Dear CC.com
Hi to ALL! Hey, I agree 100% for the spay/neuter ordinance!! However, I disagree 100% about the number of pets per household!!! I believe that if you can physically, financially, and lovingly care for a dozen pets, then you should be able to have them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!
Love ya
Tanya & the FAMILY (5 "K-9 Kids", 2 "Kitty Kids", 3 "Bunny Babes", and one very loving & understanding husband/"Daddy"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

JENNY    PORTLAND, OR

7/2/2008 12:52:52 AM

THIS SEEMS FAIR.

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