Waco animal ordinance goes into effect January 1

POSTED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 2:22pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 11:16pm

In about a week, a new animal ordinance will go into effect for all Waco residents. It requires dogs and cats, ages four months old and older, to be spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. City leaders and animal advocates feel this new mandate is a win-win solution for pets and their owners alike.

Dozens of dogs come in to the Animal Birth Control Clinic to be spayed or neutered every week. Since October, ABC has performed just under two hundred of these surgeries for low income Waco residents.

"We wish the response would be even greater than it has been. It's been really good with the microchips. We wanted it to have been better on the spay and neuter side," said Carrie Kuehl, Executive Director of the Animal Birth Control Clinic.

This past summer, Waco city leaders passed the new animal ordinance, requiring pets to be spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. Waco PD has previously spoken in support of the ordinance, due to the large number of stray animal calls they receive.

"The sad fact of it is there are hundreds out there, and we're picking them up on a daily basis," said Sergeant W.P. Swanton, Waco PD Spokesman.

Animal advocates say spaying and neutering not only keeps more strays off the street, but it also offers lifestyle and health benefits for the animals.
"One of the biggest things is they're less likely to roam. When animals roam, whether it's a dog or a cat, they tend to get in some harm. So that keeps them calmer and safer, closer to the home, where you want them to be anyway," said Kuehl.

ABC offers surgery and micro-chipping, as well as other area veterinarians. Starting January 1, you could face a fine if your animal is found not in compliance.


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