The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services will host the first of three additional community input meetings on improving and tightening regulations on animals and animal owners in the city on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center.

After a public survey and a series of nine community meetings since February, ACS is proposing several changes to local ordinances, including a ban on chains as dog tethers as well as overnight dog tethering, stricter spay neuter requirements for dogs deemed dangerous, requirement of a permit for owning more than one rooster, and the impounding of pets sold in illegal locations, such as roadsides or flea markets, or without proper permits.

A recent release from ACS states that large numbers of “illegal roaming animals highlight [the] need for community participation in [the local ordinance] revision process,” citing two stray pigs found in neighborhoods and delivered to ACS in the past week, despite laws against the possession of pigs within city limits.

“San Antonio’s progress toward becoming a more humane community begins with residents understanding the need for animal ordinances that protect people and pets,” the release states, urging citizens to get informed and involved.

When asked in the public survey where ACS should focus its attention, the most popular responses were investigating animal cruelty/neglect with 88% opting to increase attention, holding pet owners responsible for treatment/care of pets with 86%, issuing citations to violators of local animal laws and increasing community involvement in animal related solutions, each with 79%. Finding live placement for pets impounded at ACS received 77% support and educating the public through outreach and engagement received 72%.

In addition to the three forthcoming meetings, ACS will distribute a new survey to continue gauging public opinion on specific ordinances. The second meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. in the South San Community Center, and the third will be Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Dorie Miller Community Center.

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The new ordinance survey can be found here.

Tom Bugg

Tom Bugg is a San Antonio native and student of English at Colorado College.