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New pet ordinance for fifteen cities

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Waco City Council approved a resolution at tonight's meeting authorizing an ordinance that will affect fifteen surrounding cities.

The ordinance would affect the following cities: Woodway, Bellmead, Beverly Hills, Bruceville-Eddy, Crawford, Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview, Marlin, Mart, McGregor, Moody, Riesel, Robinson, Lorena and West.

The ordinance requires mandatory spaying, neutering and micro chipping of cats and dogs.

These cities don't have the resources to operate their own shelters. They contract through Waco's Animal Shelter that also runs

The Humane Society of Central Texas, according to the center.

If the cities want to continue to use Waco's animal shelter, they need to abide by the new ordinance.

Many animals end up lost, un-cared for and on the streets.

Waco set a goal to lower the euthanization rate to ten percent or less.

Effective no later than Jan. 11st, all fifteen cities that use the shelter have to comply with the ordinance.

"It's not just a city of Waco problem. It's a community problem," said Don Bland, executive director if the Humane Society of Central Texas.  "And it expands past our geographical city limits.  So we have to get everyone on board"

Woodway is one of the fifteen cities that uses the shelter.They say the new plan eases the tracking process.

"An easy way to do that is to micro-chip it," said Barney Witt. "Woodway Police public safety captain.  Because you'll know who the dog belongs to almost immediately and if it's not [micro-chipped], we have to go through our files, we have to check records.  Our animal control officer has to go ‘Oh, I remember this dog. It belongs to somebody.  This makes that easier."

It may be easier for the city, but residents wonder what it's going to cost them.

"Where are the costs going to go because they are going to be passed on to us the people that are interested in getting and it might actually reduce the interest in getting a sheltered animal," said Derek, a city resident.

"It's a great idea but its just how are they going to mediate the costs for it."

Waco has distributed about a thousand free micro-chipping services and will be offering more, according to the Humane Society.

According to the web site, adoption fees add up to fifty dollars.

Visit www.humanesocietycentraltexas.org for more information.

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