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January 16th, 2009
In microchip debate, city points to family’s reunion with Smokey the cat

STAFF REPORT

Following the form of just about any issue involving animals, the city of San Marcos’ new animal ordinance has roiled residents who protest its reach, taking particular aim at the provision requiring all dogs and cat be implanted with a microchip.

As is usually the case, the size and shape of opposition to the ordinance is not yet clear.

The sweeping new law, covering subjects ranging from a trap, neuter, and release program for feral cats to regulations on keeping honey bees, was adopted by the city council on its second and final reading Dec. 16. Staffed have rolled out an awareness campaign including a series of three public information sessions, the second of which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

The city’s communications office on Thursday distributed a press release recounting the tale of Smokey the cat, who was reunited this week with a Kyle family after being gone for two years.

“This is exactly the outcome we hope to achieve with our program—reuniting families and their lost pets,” Mark Brinkley, the city’s Assistant Director of Community Services/Environmental Health, said in the statement.

After the cat was picked up in Kyle recently, the rice-sized microchip under the skin beneath its shoulder blades told Animal Services workers the cat belonged to Carolin Mitchell and her family who live on River Road in Kyle. Smokey’s whereabouts for the last two years remain a mystery, the city reports.

RELATED IN THE MERCURY

San Marcos council passes animal ordinance, with changes 12/17/08

Proposed rewrite puts teeth in San Marcos’ animal ordinances 12/03/08

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Animal Control Ordinance as passed [pdf]

Hand out with description of ordinance requirements [pdf]

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