Waco proposed pet ordinance forces pets to be spayed/neutered an - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

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

Posted:
WACO -

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.

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Person of interest in Harbor Freight holdup arrested in Ft. Worth

    Person of interest in Harbor Freight holdup arrested in Ft. Worth

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:21 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:21:30 GMT
    A Marlin man wanted for questioning in connection with a violent armed robbery earlier this month in Waco was arrested Tuesday in Ft. Worth. U.S. Marshals took 24-year old Chase Goeke into custody without incident at at apartment.Goeke was wanted on an evading arrest warrant in Riesel after a chase last week. He's in the Tarrant County jail on that warrant as well as a parole violation and was waiting for bond to set Tuesday night. Waco pol...More >>
    A Marlin man wanted for questioning in connection with a violent armed robbery earlier this month in Waco was arrested Tuesday in Ft. Worth. U.S. Marshals took 24-year old Chase Goeke into custody without incident at at apartment.Goeke was wanted on an evading arrest warrant in Riesel after a chase last week. He's in the Tarrant County jail on that warrant as well as a parole violation and was waiting for bond to set Tuesday night. Waco pol...More >>
  • McLennan County to pay nearly $600,000 in discrimination lawsuit settlement

    McLennan County to pay nearly $600,000 in discrimination lawsuit settlement

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:19:47 GMT
    Nine current and former McLennan County deputies will receive $2 million in settlement money related to a discrimination lawsuit, and $575,000 of that will come from the county coffers.Sheriff Parnell McNamara is accused of firing or demoting the deputies because they supported his opponent in the 2012 primary election, Randy Plemons.McNamara said he was just exercising his right to restructure the organization as he saw fit, but the deputies filed suit.After 18 months of an ongoing legal bat...More >>
    Nine current and former McLennan County deputies will receive $2 million in settlement money related to a discrimination lawsuit, and $575,000 of that will come from the county coffers.Sheriff Parnell McNamara is accused of firing or demoting the deputies because they supported his opponent in the 2012 primary election, Randy Plemons.McNamara said he was just exercising his right to restructure the organization as he saw fit, but the deputies filed suit.After 18 months of an ongoing legal bat...More >>
  • Teen drown in Lake Waco despite rescue efforts

    Teen drown in Lake Waco despite rescue efforts

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:13:21 GMT
    A 14 year old boy was pulled fromLakeWacoand rushed to the hospital after disappearing underwater.Wacopolice received several calls around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from people atSpeeglevilleParksaying a boy was underwater.Police arrived on scene less than ten minutes later and quickly formed a line search with volunteers. Seven officers and two volunteers were in the water for 15-20 minutes before they pulled the boy for the water.Police say the boy was found in 51/2 to 6 feet of water and that he w...More >>
    A 14 year old boy was pulled fromLakeWacoand rushed to the hospital after disappearing underwater.Wacopolice received several calls around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from people atSpeeglevilleParksaying a boy was underwater.Police arrived on scene less than ten minutes later and quickly formed a line search with volunteers. Seven officers and two volunteers were in the water for 15-20 minutes before they pulled the boy for the water.Police say the boy was found in 51/2 to 6 feet of water and that he w...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

News Channel 25 KXXV-TV
P.O. Box 2522
Waco, TX 76702

Phone Numbers:
Main: 254-754-2525
Tip Line: 254-757-2525

Links
Contact Us
KXXV Employment Opportunites
FCC Filings
Advertise on KXXV

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXXV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.