message from TX-RPOA ~ Waco
Depending on how you judge which is the worst city or county in Texas just might depend on your priorities for Rover-and just how ‘friendly’ the local laws and local Animal Rights Extremists ‘mission’ towards owners and animal ownership-with respect towards Rover’s health, both mental and physical. Jefferson, Texas (Marion County) might have few actual laws concerning Rover, but their local humane society (Dixie Humane Society of Marion County, Texas) has a high instance of abusing owners rights and their animals (reaching more than 1000 animals-their claim, not mine) so in my opinion ranks up there with the worst place you could possible live or even visit with Rover in Texas if you love, adore and committed to the animals you own.*
Waco has laws that actually interfere with Rover’s long term health-Demanding that critters be S/N after 4 months of age-Actually you’re breaking the law if Rover isn’t neutered once he’s 4 months old even thou that is contrary to Rover’s health. More contained in this RPOA message -the media article and a utube with the facts about early S/N and the damage it can and usually causes the animals
from TX-RPOA: Waco in the news
This is why Waco is on RPOA’s “Texas Anti-Pet Cities List.” To our knowledge, Waco is the first (only) Texas city to mandate animals must be sterilized if over 4 months of age AND wear ID or be microchipped. Supposedly to solve their “stray animal problem.” Our E-News and Waco ordinance are at:
RPOA vehemently opposed this ordinance in 2013 (enforcement began February 2014) and sent city officials a list of proactive programs to solve their “stray animal” problem, which they seemed to appreciate. But the table was already set by local “animal rights” extremists and the ordinance sailed through as written — no changes and with little resistance. So I’m sure Waco no longer has any “stray animals” … seriously? Is their animal control division really enforcing this or was it all just for show? This situation below also proves what is wrong with “exemptions,” which are always at the discretion of authorities. Not worth the paper written on! RPOA receives inquiries all the time from animal owners considering moving to Texas. This is very bad PR for the city of Waco and the state of Texas!
Cowboy fights to exempt impounded cowdog from city spay-neuter mandate
Friday, February 13, 2015
Jeremy Scott Echols is fighting to get his cowdog back from the Waco Animal Shelter in the same condition the dog went in — male anatomy and all.
City officials say Nero, who escaped and got captured by animal control on Feb. 5, must be neutered under city ordinance before his owner can claim him. Echols, a cowboy by trade, claims the procedure would make the 9-year-old Catahoula leopard dog less effective at tracking down and herding stray cattle.
“I know what works best, and I don’t want to change that,” he said. “I’ve seen time and again that dogs that are intact will go out there and perform and won’t quit when they find a cow.”
Backed by a letter from his veterinarian, Echols sought a health exemption under the city’s spay-neuter ordinance, but the city of Waco rejected it. The city’s Animal Welfare Advisory Board will hear his appeal at a special meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
City officials declined to comment on the case pending the appeal.
Echols, 38, said that before Nero was picked up, he was unaware of the city’s spay-neuter ordinance.
Echols has a house and small ranch property outside the city limits on Speegleville Road, but he often keeps his working dogs at his family’s home on North 39th Street. Echols said Nero got out when an automatic gate failed to close properly on Feb. 5.
He said he and his wife visited the shelter that day and paid the impoundment fee but were told they couldn’t have Nero back without having him neutered.
A 2013 ordinance, which has been enforced since February 2014, mandates microchips and requires animals older than four months to be fixed.
Animals can be exempted if a “licensed veterinarian certifies that the dog or cat should not be spayed/neutered for health reasons or is permanently non-fertile.” Government service animals are also exempted.
Also, if an animal is picked up that has a microchip and a health statement from a veterinarian, an owner that claims to be a breeder can pay the normal fees and get a one-time waiver from the spay-neuter requirement.
Because Nero wasn’t microchipped, Echols didn’t qualify for the breeder exception, but he thought he had a shot at the health exemption.
His veterinarian, Dr. Andrew Cunningham, wrote a letter arguing that neutering Nero would have a negative health impact.
“I believe that the neutering of this working cowdog who needs to remain aggressive will need to remain intact for this very reason,” Cunningham wrote. “Altering his testosterone levels will adversely affect his health and aggressive nature for what he is bred to do.”
Echols’ attorney in the case, Henry Wright, said city officials, including new city veterinarian Ron Epps, came to a different conclusion and rejected the exemption.
“The city veterinarian made the decision that neutering the dog would not affect its health adversely,” he said.
But Wright said the ordinance only requires a veterinarian’s letter and does not set up a review process for judging whether the health reason is valid. He said he hopes the Animal Welfare Advisory Board, which recommended the ordinance in 2013, “will see this as a reasonable application of the specific exception they created.”
“What’s interesting about this case is that it’s not somebody who’s keeping an aggressive dog at home as a quasi pet,” Wright said. “It’s a case where the dog has a very specific use.”
The position that neutering male dogs makes them less suitable to work is a matter of dispute among animal health professionals. The ASPCA, which backs widespread spay-neuter policies, advises that the procedure can help with behavioral problems and does not diminish the ability to train a working dog.
But many police dogs are left intact, and the city ordinance allows exceptions for such animals.
Echols said his opinion is based on observation during 20 years as a cowboy, as well as his education. He recently completed a pre-med degree and is applying to veterinary school at Texas A&M University. He said he agrees that removing male sex hormones can help with behavior problems.
But he said when a dog has a specialized training like Nero, modifying behavior could be undesirable.
He said Nero is the de facto leader of a team of dogs that will run ahead of the cowboys and horses to sniff out lost cows. The dogs have to corner the animals until the cowboys arrive, he said.
“The dog has to stay there and hold those cows and be interested enough to stay,” he said. “I need those dogs to stick with those cows. . . . When you work with animals like I do, you have to have this choreographed blend of man and animals — cows, dogs, horses — any deviation on that equation is not going to work out well.”
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B
*My opinion is based on not only my personal ‘dealings’ with this humane society and their local government but also on the view point of others residing there and the illegal and unconstitutional rate of animal seizures per one of the smallest counties in Texas, instigated by this humane society and their Angel of Death vet with their raids where animals were taken and given away with no due process what so ever, also supported by the local government.