UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- Starting Thursday, Waco pet owners must have your pets spayed or neutered unless they have a permit.
The city ordinance grace period is over.
Dozens of dogs and cats are getting fixed at the Animal Birth Control Clinic on Clark Ave.
The non-profit has seen a spike in spay and neuters since the ordinance started.
The new law says you'll be fined if your pet isn't fixed, and if you want your animal to reproduce you have to get a permit.
Something the clinics hope will address animal population issues in the city.
"We definitely have a problem in Waco. Waco Humane Society had to euthanized animals last year, many, many animals, thousands," said Carrie Kuehl withe the Animal Birth Control Clinic. "We don't want that to continue so City Council has stepped in to help with that, and we are very grateful."
Owners who get their pets fixed will avoid a fine. Those who want to keep their pets reproducing have to get a $35 annual permit.