Pet Ordinance to Take Effect
POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 8:14am
EL PASO - The Department of Health's Animal Services Program is getting ready for a new law that starts at the beginning of the year.
Starting January 1st, you must have a litter permit if your dog or cat has a litter. If you spay or neutered the puppies or kittens, you can charge up to $150 to sell them; if they are not spayed or neutered, you can only charge $50.
The ordinance is aimed at reducing the number of pets euthanized in the city.
"City council was very concerned about the amount of surplus animals we get in this facility; we get 24,000 or so animals a year, many of which we can't find homes for so we have to euthanize, and mayor and city council want to reduce the number of animals euthanized in the city" said Edward de Castro of the Department of Public Health.
If you don't comply with the new ordinance you can face up to a $500 fine.