Animal control officials in San Marcos will take one more crack at educating the public about a new ordinance that has stirred controversy for requiring microchip registration of dogs and cats four months or age or older.
The last of three such sessions will take place Saturday, 1 p.m., at City Hall.
The session also will be televised live on Time-Warner Channel 10, Grande Channel 16 and the city’s website (ci.san-marcos.tx.us).
After all that, the city’s animal services advisory board will hold a public heating at its meeting set for noon on Feb. 11 to take public comment on provisions in the new ordinance, which goes into effect on April 1. That meeting is scheduled for the Grant Harris Building, 401 E. Hopkins Street.
“We encourage people with questions about the ordinance to attend the public education session or the public hearing,” said Rodney Cobb, the city’s director of community services.
The city council adopted the ordinance in December. The city’s animal services staff has held public meetings in January and February before the new ordinance takes effect to help residents understand the new rules.
The animal services advisory board recommended the ordinance after several months of review. San Marcos contracts with Hays County and Kyle to support the San Marcos Animal Shelter, which was expanded last year to take in animals from across Hays County.
The ordinance changes a variety of local rules requires rabies vaccinations once every three years instead of annually in most cases; 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 a trap, vaccinate, alter, return and manage; and 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 www.sanmarcostx.gov.