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Waco proposed pet ordinance forces pets to be spayed/neutered and microchipped


A city animal board wants to enforce a new pet ordinance requiring all pets to be spayed or neutered, and to have an identification chip. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax payer money is spent every year to control the Waco pet population.

Concerned citizens filled the room at the Waco Operations Center to hear and then voice their concerns on the proposed pet ordinances. The city has already seen changes in the past, but would like to see more done.

Many thought it was great the city is proposing these new rules.

"I think micro chips are fantastic, and I have dogs who chew collars off each other," said Laura Burdette. "Anything to get my dog home to me, I'm going to do it."

These are the new proposed rules:

  • All pets must be microchipped.
  • The removal of the requirement for an intact animal permit.
  • All pets must be spayed or neutered. 
  • Pets may not be sold or transferred unless they meet the ID chip, all vaccinations and be spayed or neutered.
  • Establishment of a clear definition of animal abandonment.
  • Establishment for tethering an animal.
However, these may change. The main question that everyone had, 'How is the city going to enforce the new rules?'

"It's going to be a challenge to enforce this because we have a lot of animals in the community and a lot of owners, and some of them are not responsible," said Waco Assistant Manager Wiley Stem. "We want to do some outreach education and make them responsible and give them the tools that they need so they can take care of their animals."

The Humane Society of Central Texas sees at least 60 dogs coming in a day. However the good news is, they see a high percentage of pets going to homes compared to a few years ago.

"We're making progress, but have to have ordinance changes to get the whole population involved in it and make the necessary changes to slow down the flow," said Director of Humane Society Don Bland.

The Waco Animal Advisory Board will meet and discuss if any changes need to be made to those proposed ordinances. Once completed, the final pet ordinances will be presented to the city council to vote on.


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