from TX-RPOA

From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Texas Outreach
March 18, 2015

We’ve been so busy with the state Legislature that local animal news for
Texas cities has staked up for this year! Eternal vigilance … remember?
RPOA opposes Breed Specific Legislation, Mandatory Pet Spay/Neuter and
Mandatory Microchips — all mentioned below. These decisions should be made
between the pet owner and their personal veterinarian.

KERR COUNTY “PIT BULL” INCIDENT Good job by the RPOA Chapter members in
A “Pit Bull” was declared a “dangerous dog” after killing a neighbor’s dog
in December and set off a chain of events. A Kerrville resident named
Sherry Egloff made local news, asking public asked officials to consider
special requirements for “pitbull” owners, to be neutered, never bred, and
microchipped. The local newspaper stated that state law forbids breed
discrimination. But she wasn’t satisfied and invited others to join her in
petitioning their state representatives to repeal the state law banning
Breed Specific Legislation. Our RPOA Kerrville Area Chapter members
continue to monitor the situation and have responded with calls to county
commissioners and letters to the editor. One letter included a reminder
that “Petey” in the old “Little Rascals” comedies was a purebred UKC
registered American Pit Bull Terrier. It also mentioned how many “Bully”
Breed owners live in the area whose dogs have never bitten anyone and never
will. They urged: “Punish the deed, not the breed.” The newspaper poll
asked if state law should be changed to impose special regulations on
certain breeds of dogs, especially “pitbulls.” Results: 64% OPPOSED and
33% FOR Changing state law.

“Undercover” HSUS video is being distributed to Texas news outlets of what
HSUS labels as a “puppy mill.” Belo Corporation TV Stations are showing
HSUS video in McAllen with dogs “packed in rusty wire cages, covered in own
feces, with almost no food or water, saying breeders can crank out hundreds
— sometimes thousands — of puppies a year, and are giving incorrect
medications.” RPOA is aware of media picking up this story in San Antonio
and McAllen; probably in all major Texas cities. The KRGV story posted
12/30/2014 stated “these are the same puppies you buy at the pet store.
There are virtually no laws in Texas protecting pets before they make it to
your house.” State Rep. Eddie Lucio III says he’d like to create “standards
and license and regulate breeders.” Perhaps Rep. Eddie Lucio isn’t aware
that a Dog and Cat Breeder Licensing program passed in 2011! Or perhaps
HSUS isn’t satisfied with it and is coming back for even more restrictions!

Valley Morning Star reported 12/15/2014: Harlingen Humane Society made a
presentation at a City Commission about a possible ordinance requiring
residents to spay or neuter their pets. Mayor Chris Boswell said there is a
problem with too many stray animals and he appreciated the presentation.
But the mayor said “We need to look at both the direct and indirect costs
and benefits of such a program … one of the things we want to look at
before we consider taking this action is how such programs have worked and
what the results have been in other communities.” reported that Port Isabel passed a mandatory spay/neuter
ordinance in September, and also requires pets to have microchips with
owner’s contact information. District 1 Commissioner Danny Castillo
expressed concerns that responsible owners who have intact animals would be
penalized for and would subsidize the irresponsibility of others. He said
the proposed license fee was “almost like a fine for being a responsible pet

This just in … from media reports yesterday. A proposal presented to the
Quality of Life Committee 3/17/15. The city official contacted today has
not responded to our request asking if the committee proposal had passed to
go forward to City Council for a vote.
We weren’t aware that San Antonio pays Pet Data $3.85 per license as a third
party vendor to administer the City’s Licensing Program, which was a
surprise! But that’s a story for another day. At a glance, the report says
that all animals impounded are chipped and licensed before being “outcomed”
per existing ordinance. This probably provides the bulk of income from
licensing. The report claims the “successes made in issuance of new
licenses is not reflected in the renewal rates. Although Pet Data mails out
renewal notices at 60-days and 30-days from pending expiration, only 25% of
licensed pet owners renew their licenses.”
It states that the current cost to run the licensing program is over
$100,000 annually and brings in $41,000. Some of the details are really not
clear. San Antonio has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S. and to
believe low income pet owners can pay these fees is ludicrous. San Antonio
continues to have a tremendous “stray/loose dog” problem as do many other
Texas cities, especially in the low income areas. More regulations are not
the answer and result in more dumped dogs.


~ by topcatsroar on March 18, 2015.

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