San Antonio's “No-Kill by 2012” Goal Draws Some Opposition

Proposed changes to the city's animal code would raise fees and restrictions for cat and dog breeders.

Posted: September 21, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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The San Antonio Animal Care Services Dept. has a goal of becoming no-kill by 2012
San Antonio's City Council will vote on proposed changes to the city's animal code as part of an effort to reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized each year.
The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department revealed that it euthanizes between 40,000 and 50,000 cats and dogs each year, many of whom are unwanted litters of kittens and puppies. In an effort to reduce these numbers the department launched a strategic plan to make the city a no-kill community by 2012.

The comprehensive plan was approved last year by the city council, and strategies include increasing community awareness, owner responsibility, reducing the number of stray animals, securing funds, promoting best practices among animal care organizations and implementing new public policy and ordinances.

As part of the plan, the Animal Care Services Department has proposed changes to the city’s animal code, some of which are drawing opposition.

The proposed code calls for higher fees for unsterilized animals, which are $10 per year for sterilized animals and $75 per year for unsterilized animals. In addition, owners of unaltered dogs would be required to obtain an intact permit each year, which would cost $50. Anyone who breeds a cat or dog would be required to obtain a litter permit, which would cost $75 per litter with a limit of one litter per year.

The American Kennel Club opposes these changes, stating they would, in effect, make sterilization mandatory because only a small number of people could afford the high fees, and that these additional burdens on breeders are unnecessary.

The Animal Care Service Department states that the goal of the law is to reduce the euthanasia numbers. The department releases weekly statistics of animals taken in and reported that between Sept. 9 and Sept. 15, it took in 724 animals, adopted out 57 and euthanized 624.

The Animal Care Services board held public meetings last month, and after review, the city council will vote on the proposed changes.

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MJ    Ottawa, ON

10/1/2011 8:08:58 PM

Of course the American Kennel Club would oppose this; they get much (if not most) of their revenue from puppymillers! They don't inspect facilities, just look at the bloodlines and rubber stamp. This law is finally something that shows leadership for the animals. Way to go No Kill Houston!! It shows with a whole community dedicated to saving lives, special interest groups can't overbreed and add to the population crisis.

Jennifer    Columbus, GA

12/12/2010 9:53:43 AM

I think this is an AMAZING initiative and I hope it gets adopted. I was stunned by those numbers and sickened. All those helpless animals...And I'm completely in favor of the fines and the fees. What is $10.00 a year? If the money goes back into the animal rescue and control system, that $10.00 could help those less fortunate GET their pets spayed and neutered when they otherwise couldn't. Don't get me STARTED on breeders. Many of them are so irresponsible and WHY would you breed an animal multiple times a year ANYWAY? That's unhealthy.

You go, Texas!! Start something and maybe other states will get on board!

Donna    Columbus, GA

12/11/2010 9:04:17 AM

Completely in favor. 25% of the animals in shelters are breed animals that have been discarded. Breeders are contributing to the overpopulation. Every animal breeded takes away from the possibility of an adoption for a shelter.

Lea    Columbus, GA

12/11/2010 8:51:45 AM

Support 100%- it is past time that people were held accountable and that breeders weren't allowed to support themselves off a defenseless animal.

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