The lawmakers covered a range of topics, but residents who raised questions focused primarily on local development and the state school financing system.
On Thursday, City Council raised the number of backyard chickens that San Antonians can own without a permit from three to eight.
The new laws are effective immediately, but ACS will implement a six-month, bilingual outreach campaign to help pet owners adjust to the new ordinance.
The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services began its process to update Chapter 5 animal laws and its strategic plan in February.
ACS is proposing changes to local ordinances, including a ban on chains as dog tethers and stricter spay neuter requirements for dogs deemed dangerous.
Complaints about local animal ordinances have sparked the City’s Animal Care Services (ACS) department to propose several rule changes.
Potential changes to the City’s animal code include limits on tethering, noise abatement, and changes to the number of animals an individual may own.
City Council approved a lease agreement Thursday that shifts operations and management responsibilities of the Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions and Petco Pavilion from San Antonio Pets Alive to the Animal Defense League of Texas. The City hopes the move will bring more efficient use of the adoption facility to help maintain San Antonio’s live-release rate of 88%.
Following a City Council mandate in May, San Antonio Pets Alive hired an executive director this summer.
Update: City Council unanimously approved a series of mid-year budget adjustments on Thursday including a grant to San Antonio Pets Alive, a payment to Ella Austin Community Center, and $102,000 for video conferencing technology in City Council chambers (see full list in story below).