UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 8:37pm
Waco, Tx — In hopes of eventually making Waco a "no-kill" city for animals, the city council has passed the initial reading of changes to the animal ordinance. The changes may soon force "pet parents" in the city to spay or neuter and microchip their pets.
The Animal Welfare Advisory Board came together to draft the final ordinance. The public was then allowed to comment and share their views on the new requirement. City leaders and animal control officers back the ordinance, saying too many animals are having to be euthanized. Just last year, police say more than 65-hundred animals were put to sleep.
"These animals are running stray. They can be a health problem to our community. They can absolutely be a danger to our community. So, we're having to do that. We would rather not put anything down, other than those for humane reasons," said Waco Police Spokesman W. Patrick Swanton in a previous interview.
Police say they respond to an average of 20 stray animal calls a day. After a final reading on the ordinance in the future, the changes will be implemented in the next year. Those not in compliance will have to pay a fine, which the amount of the fine is yet to be determined.