Amarillo pet organizations and pet owners said the new animal control ordinances are a step in the right direction for Amarillo pet ownership.
The ordinances were approved by the city council earlier this month. They went into effect on Monday.
One ordinance requires a licensed vet to perform any ear clipping or tail docking procedure.
The second ordinance prohibits the use of chains as tethers for pets. It also prohibits a tether that would allow an animal to come within 3' of a sidewalk. The use of a chain would still be allowed to use as a collar or leash to walk a pet. Other parts of the ordinance involved clean water, food, and shelter for the pet.
Debra Wall, Manager at the SPCA, said sheâ??s seen several cases of home ear and tail clipping procedures.
â??I've seen people come into the shelter, not so much here, but other shelters where people would do ear jobs. It was horrid,â?? Wall said.
She said this ordinance will help reduce those home procedures in Amarillo.
â??These new ordinances, I think theyâ??re fantastic.â??
Local pet owners agree with Wall. They say these new ordinances will not only ensure the welfare of pets, but weed out the irresponsible pet owners.
"We've heard recent stories and this will protect dogs and make owners accusable,â?? said Amarillo resident Joseph Macinnis.
Animal Controlâ??s Interim Director Scott McDonald said they want to make sure both pets and citizens of Amarillo with these new ordinances, and want to make sure residents understand the new provisions.
"We're going to do everything we can to educate citizens,â?? said McDonald.
He says they will be issuing door tag violations. Rather than receive a citation, pet owners will get a door tag stating their violation of the ordinance. If the pet owner fails to fix the violation, they will then receive a citation.
City procedure will allow a short grace period for public education. No grace period will be allowed regarding ear clipping or tail docking issues.