Council Puts Off Decision to Control Cat and Dog Population

An Albuquerque, N.M., City Council member proposes a plan to make spaying/neutering and microchipping mandatory.

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Despite more than five hours of debate on Monday, May 1, the Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council was unable to reach an agreement on a series of sweeping animal control measures.

City Council Member Sally Mayers proposed ordinance would re-write rules on everything from basic grooming to redefining animal cruelty to what kinds of animals pet stores can sell.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, about 70 people spoke, with more than 50 opposed to aspects of the proposal.

Under Mayers proposal:

 Mandatory spaying by a vet of all dogs and cats more than 6 months old. Exceptions would be allowed for older pets or those who have health issues.
 Mandatory microchipping of all pets..
 Pet stores in the city would be prohibited from selling cats and dogs.
Basic grooming regulations would include things  such as maintaining healthy skin and keeping toenails to a reasonable length. Weekly removal of animal feces and soiled bedding would be required.
 The definition of animal cruelty would be expanded to include a range of offenses such as   physical abuse, animal fighting, taunting animals and chaining an unattended animal outside for over an hour.
 People who hold special permits for things such as  litters or unneutered animals, must allow inspections of animals locations.

Because the discussion on the proposed ordinance ran so long, the City Council decided to table the proposal and resume discussion at its next meeting, which is scheduled for May 15.

The proposed ordinance in its entirety can be viewed in pdf format at the citys website.

Posted: May 3, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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Glynnis    Baton Rouge, LA

4/7/2007 12:28:13 PM

It is nice to see proposals like this. As long as breeders and owners of studs can acquire permits, even for a cost, this doesn't seem all that extreme.

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