Irresponsible pet ownership can cost you. Our Senora Scott explains why this issue could be taken more seriously
San Angelo City Council passed a pet ordinance into law in 2015, noting all the benefits to the ordinance, but people are still not complying.
Under the ordinance, each pet must be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Spaying and neutering can extend the lifespan of the pet, help the pet behave better, it can take away the need to roam, and cut down on overpopulation. Overpopulation of any animal species can create a number of problems; lack of food which in turn hurts the ecosystem and causes starvation, and disease - all these causing animals to die.
Citizens are given tickets if they don't follow the rules. Amanda Lancaster was arrested for several pet related charges but only because she did not appear in court to take care of those tickets. Because of that, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
While police can't arrest a person for the pet ordinance violations, they can make an arrest if a person has warrants for those citations and for animal cruelty.
"When we respond to a call for animal cruelty, if we see evidence right there, we can affect an arrest. We have the authority to issue citations for any offense that goes against the city ordinance for pet violations,” Officer Tracy Gonzalez with the San Angelo Police Department said.
The City’s Animal Control Department in San Angelo gets up to 30 calls for service a day and the shelter takes in anywhere between 300 to 700 animals a month.