Another part of this new law that was passed is that there will be some pretty major breeding restrictions.
If a pet owner wants to breed their dog or cat, they will have to pay $100 for an animal breeding permit. And female animals will be limited to only one litter per year.
Lawmakers put this into the law to discourage backyard breeders, and to make sure all breeding is being done responsibly and humanely.
“One day last week we had 21 puppies that came in – 14 from one litter, seven from another,” said Major Barbara Hobbs, who currently oversees the department. “We’re trying to allow breeding, but to restrict it from backyard breeders who are just trying to sell puppies in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.”
Dallas will provide a one-month grace period for pet owners to chip their dogs and cats and get into compliance with the changes.
Many Dallas residents qualify for free microchipping and spay/neuter surgeries. Those who don’t qualify, can still get their dog microchipped at the Dallas Animal Services for only $15.
Once your dog is microchipped, it is important that you keep the information updated regularly so that if or when you and your dog are separated, the shelter will be able to contact you and reunite you with your dog right away.
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