San Marcos residents camped out last spring to overturn a city ordinance making pet microchipping mandatory. The city council will take up a more restricted microchipping ordinance for a second and final reading Tuesday night. File photo.
The San Marcos City Council is bringing back revisions to the city’s animal control ordinance Tuesday night for a second and final reading after unanimously passing a first reading last month.
Under the ordinance, animals that are impounded for a second time must be microchipped before being released back to the owner — but only if the pet owner can’t prove that the animal has been previously microchipped or has any other type of identification.
The microchip identification number would be maintained at the city’s animal services center or with a nationally recognized registry.
The ordinance revisions also call for prohibitions against the offering, selling, trading, bartering, leasing, renting, giving away or displaying of any animal on any roadside, public right of way, commercial parking lot or flea market. However, the ordinance would not prohibit the sale or purchase of animals from private residences. It also doesn’t prohibit the display of animals at city-sponsored events or by properly licensed commercial animal establishments.
After the city council passed a mandatory pet microchipping measure in December 2008, public outcry led the council to rescind the microchipping and animal sales provisions from the ordinance on March 31, 2009, the day before the ordinance was to go into effect.
The city’s animal services advisory board held public hearings on the new provisions in July and August before approving the new proposals in November.Email | Print