Officers cracking down on spay, neuter ordinance

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 12:07pm

WACO -- Heads up if you live in Waco city officials are cracking down on a city ordinance that requires pet owners to spay or neuter their animals.

The law put into place last year, states pet owners must spay or neuter their animal or obtain a $35 Intact Animal Permit if they want to continue to breed their pet.

But overcrowding at the humane society along with a rise in complaints of stray animals has animal control officers enforcing a zero-tolerance policy.

"It effects it in a big way. You know, financially we are helping out with the shelter and everything and it just -- the call volume is enormous right now so it's just very time consuming," said Luis Leyva, Waco Animal Control Officer. 

The owner of any animal an officer comes across will be asked to provide proof that it's fixed or show an Intact permit.

Failure to show either will result in a citation on the spot.


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