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July 16th, 2009
Board sets hearing on pet microchip, sale restrictions

SUBMITTED REPORT

The Animal Services Advisory Board will hold a public hearing July 22 to receive comments about limited microchipping of impounded animals and restrictions on certain animal sales in San Marcos.

The board meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. with the hearing set for 6 p.m. in Room 1 at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins.

The public is invited to offer their opinions about a proposal being considered by the Animal Services Advisory Board to require microchipping of dogs and cats if they are impounded for a second time at the Animal Shelter.

The proposal would apply only to animals that have been picked up a second time by Animal Control before they are released back to their owners.

The hearing also invites public comment on a proposed rule that would prohibit sales of animals on a roadside, public right-of-way, commercial parking lots and flea markets.

The provision would not prohibit the sale or purchase of animals from a person’s private residence, display of animals at a city-sponsored event, or by a licensed commercial animal establishment.

For information, call the Animal Services department at (512) 805-2650.

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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4 thoughts on “Board sets hearing on pet microchip, sale restrictions

  1. Is the City getting some king of kick-back from the micro-chip manufacturers or something? Give us a breaking on cancer causing implants.

  2. Rather than a micro-chipping program, how about free spay and neutering? Reducing the number of births will have a greater effect than mandating the insertion of foreign objects, in terms of animal management.

    Rather than prohibiting animal sales in public areas, consider banning the sale of wild-caught, exotic animals in pet stores. Approximately 90% of wild-caught animals die before they reach the pet store shelves.

  3. I agree with Jason about wild animals in pet shops and generally about animals kept closed in some narrow cages even if they are dogs or cats. Usually such animals have some problems with their behaviour lately and are depressed. For me the decission is these animals to stay in their stock-breeding places and people to order from them. Pet shops must be only for accessories and food. And for the microchips – there are really most important issues to be discussed!

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