Pet Ordinance Approved
POSTED: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 6:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 6:40am
A controversial animal ordinance meant to curb the city's pet population has passed.
El Paso city council voted to approved the measure which will regulate the sale of dogs and cats.
In a 6 to 1 vote, council approved the watered-down version of the pet ordinance. But the approved version didn't please everybody.
"I, and most of us in this room, would've liked to see this ordinance go further," said Tom Linney of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
What the original ordinance was going to do was ban the sale of all dogs and cats in El Paso in order to reduce the number of dogs euthanized each year. Right now, that number is 18,000
"We need to aggressively campaign and support an 'Adopt Don't Shop,'" said Barbara Valencia, who was in favor of the ordinance.
So here's what El Pasoans are left with; the ordinance prohibits the sale of dogs and cats under eight weeks old. Also under the ordinance, only breeders will be allowed to sell dogs and cats between eight weeks and one year of age. And they still can't make a profit in that first year - they can only re-coup the cost of healthcare, food, and shelter.
The motive is to cut down on impulse buying, or families seeing puppies and kittens and buying them without thinking it through. But dog breeder Warren Ball worries about enforcement.
"You've got an extremely large set of complicated amendments, who is going to teach these people?" asked Ball.
The mayor has said that he finds it almost impossible to appease everyone, but says the proposal is a fair compromise. It goes into effect in January.