Six Cats or Dogs Would Be Limit in Dallas

Proposed changes to pet rules would also include mandatory sterilization and restrictions on tethering.

Posted: April 30, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

City leaders in Dallas want to tighten existing pet rules in an effort to control the cat and dog population. Proposed changes to the animal ordinance include mandatory spay-neuter, restrictions on tethering, and limits on the number of pets per household.

The spay-neuter requirement calls for all cats and dogs to be sterilized at the age of four months. Exceptions will be made if the pet owner buys an annual $500 breeder’s permit for each animal. Should the ordinance win approval, pet owners will be given 120 days to comply.

Tethering a dog as a form of restraint would be banned under the proposal, unless the owner is present. In addition, the new rules would mandate that if a dog is temporarily tethered, the dog must be fitted with collar or harness made of leather or nylon.

No more than six dogs or cats per dwelling would be allowed under the revised pet rules. Residents with more than six pets before the ordinance goes on the books would be able to keep their animals.

Longtime Dallas resident Carol Taggart says pet owners are concerned about the well-being of their animals if the city’s pet rules are altered. Instead of enacting more laws, she says, city leaders should focus on educational efforts to promote responsible ownership.

“It’s just a ridiculous thing,” Taggart said. “A law is no better than the ability to enforce it. They would have to go door to door.”

The proposed animal control measures were presented Monday to the Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee for discussion. For more information, visit


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Karen. I support resposible pet ownership!   Standish, ME

4/30/2008 8:17:52 PM

this is crazy! There are many responsible people who have multi cat and dog households. Including myself! I rescue senior hard to play cats and have one dog. If I want to have six or more cats or dogs it's my right. Especially if I take great care of them. This law does not do anything to help people spay and neuter! It limits your pet numbers!

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Danielle   Bartlesville, OK

4/30/2008 6:52:22 PM


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LaLa   salinas, CA

4/30/2008 5:13:52 PM

why cant bith be done law and education?! Well at least Texas is trying to do something good

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Angela   Winters, CA

4/30/2008 10:32:16 AM

I know they can't go door to door to make sure the rules are sticking, but al least a 3 day a week patrol of neighborhoods, random days of course. and lower the number of dogs to 4 and cat's to 3

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