Dog parents in Dallas, Texas are about to see some changes about what is considered to be responsible dog ownership.
The Dallas City Council voted to mandate microchipping for all dogs and cats and limit breeding. And Dallas Animal Services will strictly enforce the new laws to make sure everyone complies.
The new tough laws are aimed to reduce the number of loose dogs that have plagued South Dallas. Neighborhood residents frequently report dogs that are running freely in their neighborhoods.
It’s not always clear if the dogs are stray dogs, or dogs whose owners have let them run loose, which, of course, is irresponsible.
Jennifer Duffy has a purebred pit bull dog who is always on a tight leash. She hasn’t seen the need to microchip or neuter him because he is always under control.
But she says she sees dogs running loose all over her neighborhood. “The people who do do it, do it constantly, you know. It’s a normal thing for them,” she said.
Dallas Animal Services took in 2,400 loose dogs last month, and the shelter is pretty much at capacity. They have a wide variety of dogs in the shelter, including puppies from unwanted litters, and stray dogs.
Dallas Animal Services posted on their Facebook page:
“We encourage pet owners to use a collar and ID tag, but tags can fall off or be removed…microchips are permanent and can make reunions with your lost pet faster, easier, and more likely.”
If the shelter is able to identify every dog with a microchip, it will make it much easier to reunite the dogs with their owners.
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