Message from TX-RPOA -Wacko errrr, I mean Waco Public Hearing Report

>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
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June 6, 2013

Waco, TX, Public Hearing Report.

For a city that wants to become No Kill, perhaps Waco should check with No 
Kill Guru, Nathan Winograd, founder of the No Kill Movement, who doesn’t 
support legislation to solve animal problems.

In San Antonio “No Kill” means an onerous ordinance with permits for owning
most animals, no picking up dogs and cats unless biting or ill; Animal Care
Services procedures making it as hard as possible to relinquish unwanted
pets and charging $40 fee per animal. This results in more dumped animals
on the streets. Packs of dogs and cats (feral and domesticated) are running
loose everywhere, a real threat to public health and safety. It’s only a
matter of time before there’s a human fatality in San Antonio from the dog

City spay and microchip proposal draws strong opinions
Waco Tribune
By J.B. Smith| Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 8:01 pm

Animal lovers at a public meeting Thursday agreed that more Waco animals
need to be microchipped and sterilized, but they disagreed on whether the
city should make it mandatory.

About 50 people attended the meeting organized by the city and its Animal
Welfare Advisory Board, which is formulating a spay-neuter and microchipping
ordinance aimed at reducing the population of unwanted animals.

“We know what we need to do, and if we don’t do more to spay and neuter
animals, more end up at the shelter and more of them die,” said Animal Birth
Control Clinic director Carrie Kuehl, a member of the city animal board.

“We know what the burden is and we need to fix it.” Kuehl’s nonprofit group
sterilizes about 11,000 dogs and cats a year, but with an estimated city
animal population
of 60,000, the number of procedures needs to rise to 18,000 a year, Kuehl

An array of local animal groups endorsed the board’s proposal to require all
dogs and cats to be microchipped for identification and to be spayed or
neutered unless they are registered with the city as breeding animals. Those
groups included the Humane Society of Central Texas, Fuzzy Friends and Happy
Endings Dog Rescue.

Their officials agreed with city leaders that microchipping would allow
animals to be returned quickly to their owners and that the spay-neuter
requirement would help the city reach the goal of a “no-kill” shelter, with
a euthanasia rate under 10 percent.

The city already requires sterilization of all animals it adopts out from
the shelter, as well as animals that have been impounded three times.

But several animal owners, including breeders, took issue with the new
proposal, predicting that it would be
ineffective or too intrusive on animal owners’ rights.

David Boehner, who breeds and sells wirehaired griffons, said he knows the
importance of microchipping and spaying or neutering, and he requires it for
dogs he sells. But he raised questions about whether the city would put
the resources into enforcing the proposed law.

“If we passed all these ordinances tonight, tomorrow how would you do
anything different?” he said.

Donna Sammon, who has been raising dogs more than 35 years, agreed with the
mandatory microchipping measure but said requiring pet sterilization would
accomplish little.

“You cannot legislate responsibility,” she said. “The same people who have
not cared before are still not going to care. The fact that you’re going to
insinuate government into our lives more than before is very objectionable
to me.”

One speaker supported mandatory spay-neuter but not microchips, and some
objected to both measures.

Breeder requirements
Under the proposal, breeders would be required to register their animals
online with the city and allow the city to inspect their facilities to
ensure that the animals are healthy and well
housed. Assistant City Manager Wiley Stem said he wants to continue meeting
with breeders to define standards for breeders.

City leaders said the Animal Welfare Advisory Board will consider the public
comments at its next meeting June 12 and may move forward with developing an
ordinance for Waco City Council consideration.

Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. and council members Toni Herbert and Kyle Deaver
attended the meeting Thursday.

Duncan supports the animal board’s proposals but said the mandates would
only be the beginning of a broad effort to encourage owners to spay or
neuter their animals. He said the city already is talking with a foundation
about funding the procedure for animals owned by low-income residents.

“We’re going to have to learn as we go,” he said. “But you’ve got to take
the first step if we’re serious about
becoming a no-kill community.”
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What year is this?!? As much research as there is on the topic of no-kill that has been done already, you’d think they’d take the time to read it before wasting time and money (that’s taxpayer money) for these meetings!!! HELLO Wacko…There is already mandatory state registration, inspections and fees-Where you people been?!?-WOW!!!

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned…Can’t hardy wait for more from Waco  -B


~ by topcatsroar on June 7, 2013.

2 Responses to “Message from TX-RPOA -Wacko errrr, I mean Waco Public Hearing Report”

  1. The game is to disrupt small businesses, small hobby breeders, any productive use of time by people who are not authorized to be productive.

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