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January 24th, 2009
City to hold another animal ordinance workshop


A new San Marcos animal control ordinance, subject to much discussion since its December passage, will again be explained to citizens in a Monday workshop.

The public meeting will take place Monday night (7 p.m.) in the city hall chamber. It will be the second of three public meetings intended to educate the public about the new animal control ordinance, which goes into effect on April 1.

The meeting also will be televised live on Time Warner Channel 10, Grande Channel 16 and on the city’s website (

A third public session will take place on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. at City Hall.

The revised ordinance sets up a microchip program to provide one-time registration of pets, requires rabies vaccinations every three years instead of annually, changes dangerous dog regulations to conform with state law and increases penalties for dog attacks. The ordinance also bans selling or giving away animals on public property, restricts the tethering of animals and sets up rules for the management of feral cat colonies.

Those seeking more information about the new rules can call the city animal shelter at (512) 805-2650 or visit the city’s animal services page on the web at

The ordinance was recommended by the city’s animal services advisory board after several months of review. The City of San Marcos contracts with Hays County and Kyle to support the San Marcos Animal Shelter, expanded last year to take in animals from across Hays County.

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