Pet ordinance could bring new pet requirements to Waco

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 2:53pm

A new ordinance in Waco may soon force "pet parents" in the city to spay or neuter and microchip their pets.

The Animal Welfare Advisory Board met Wednesday to write a final draft of the ordinance. The public will later be allowed to comment and share their views on the new requirement. City leaders and animal control officers back the ordinance, saying too many animals are having to be euthanized. Just last year, police say more than 65-hundred animals were put to sleep.

"These animals are running stray. They can be a health problem to our community. They can absolutely be a danger to our community. So, we're having to do that. We would rather not put anything down, other than those for humane reasons."

Police say they respond to an average of 20 stray animal calls a day. After a final public meeting on the ordinance in the future, the city council will have their vote.


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