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January 26th, 2009
Second animal ordinance session tonight


The second in a series of public meetings to explain the new Animal Ordinance in San Marcos will be held Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins. The public is invited to attend.

The program will also be televised live on Time Warner Channel 10 and Grande Channel 16 and video-streamed on the City’s web site.

A third public session will be held Saturday, February 7, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. In addition, the Animal Services Advisory Board has postponed its meeting until February to schedule a public hearing following the last educational session. The date and location will be announced.

The City Council adopted an updated Animal Ordinance in December which will take effect on April 1.

The Animal Services staff is holding the public meetings in January and February before the new ordinance takes effect to help residents understand the new rules.

The ordinance changes a variety of local rules:

  • Requires rabies vaccinations once every three years instead of annually
  • Sets up a microchip program to provide one-time registration of pets
  • Bans selling or giving away animals on public property, private parking lots and flea markets
  • Restricts but does not outlaw tethering of animals
  • Sets up rules for managed feral cat colonies based on trap, vaccinate, alter, return and manage
  • Changes dangerous dog regulations to conform with state law, including increasing penalties for dog attacks

For more information about the new rules, call the Animal Shelter at 512-805-2650 or visit the Animal Services page on the web at

The ordinance was recommended by the 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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