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POSTED: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 5:36pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 7:39pm

Selling pets on the side of the road or at a flea market will be extinct in El Paso come next year.

New revisions to the Title 7 Ordinance regarding animals will go into effect New Year's Day.

Director of Animal Services, Eduardo De Castro, says anyone caught breaking the new rules will face a fine

"It is a misdemeanor of class D and they have to go see the judge and they can get a hefty fine including probation," De Castro said.

Pet stores and breeders alike will all have to follow the rules, however everyone we called didn't want to talk about the new ordinance.
But, De Castro says this could eventually help lower taxes in our city.

"It can represent a reduction of expenses in your pocket. If we don't have as many calls and as many surplus animals, then our budget is reduced and you have to pay less taxes," De Castro said.

Part of the new ordinance doesn't allow the selling or transferring of puppies or kittens that are under 8 weeks old. You'll see a difference in newspaper ads that are selling pets too.

"If you advertise an animal for sale which is under four months of age, you need to display with the ad, a litter permit," De Castro said.

Betty Hoover from the El Paso Humane Society says the new ordinance is a step forward for animals in our community.

"We have a tremendous problem with pet overpopulation in this community.Thousands of animals are losing their lives because there are many unwanted animals here," Hoover said.

She it could also reduce the amount of unwanted dogs that are killed.

"Major purposes behind the change in Title 7 was to decrease the terribly high euthanasia rate for innocent animals in this community," Hoover said.

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