New Cat, Dog Laws Take Effect in Dallas

Provisions include mandatory spay and neuter, pet limits, and dog-tethering restrictions.

Posted: July 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

The Dallas City Council approved stricter animal laws that call for mandatory spay or neuter, pet limits, and proper tethering of dogs. The provisions take effect Tuesday, July 1. 

Mandatory spay and neuter, the most controversial of the issues, requires the spaying or neutering of most pet cats and dogs in Dallas. City officials cited the number of unwanted pets that are put down in shelters – about 500 per week – as a reason for supporting the ordinance.

The new law also limits the number of owned animals per residence to six cats and/or dogs. Additionally, pet owners must properly restrain and control dogs as part of the new anti-tethering provision.

The city council voted 10-3 in favor of the stricter animal laws.


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Carol   Dallas, TX

8/18/2008 1:10:56 PM

This new ordinance is a travesty. It will not prevent irresponsible owners from allowing their dogs to run loose, it penalizes and places additional financial burden on responsible pet owners, and will not solve the pet overpopulation problem. It's the first step in PETA's "No birth Nation" agenda. Government has no business messing in people's private lives. A pox on everyone who supports this.

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Mary   Dallas, TX

7/30/2008 5:33:42 AM

It's a shame that this law was passed or even considered in the first place. It does not address the root cause of homeless dogs and cats and is going to take it out on the innocent. Furthermore, this so-called humane law is going to subject animals to possible health risks as a result of the procedure so it's really a very inhumane law. Really, it's a step backwards.

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Ted   Christiansburg, VA

7/21/2008 1:35:04 AM

Go ahead and think it's great. It is the 1st step of PETAs agenda of doing away with all pets and companion dogs. This includes seeing eye dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs. What are the blind and disabled suppost to do? Give up on life and move into nursing homes? Their agenda includes cats and any other animal that is cosidered a pet or companion. If you want to give up your rights, just sit on your behinds and let them do it. Some of us are trying to fight these sick and immoral laws. If you don't believe me go to and see for your self.

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tmg36   Houston, TX

7/1/2008 10:45:29 AM

I think it's an excellent idea. It prevents overcrowding in shelters and nonsense euthanasia. It also will help true pet owners to be more responsible owners.

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