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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:01 am | Updated: 1:06 am, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

The majority of the people who spoke at Waco’s second public meeting Thursday on a proposed animal ordinance expressed support for the measure.

Representatives from many of the animal organizations in the area, such as Happy Endings Dog Rescue, McLennan Animal Rescue Coalition and the CenTex Kennel Club, spoke about the benefits of having pets microchipped, citing the ease of locating owners of runaway pets.

“We commend the city for what it’s trying to do,” said Donna Sammon, who breeds “shelties,” or Shetland sheepdogs.

Waco City Council is weighing an ordinance that would go into effect Sept. 1.

The ordinance being considered would require all pets to be spayed or neutered and microchipped.

The council is attempting to reduce the number of strays in the area and help Waco become a 
“no-kill” city, with its shelter having less than a 10 percent euthanization rate.

Sammon has been breeding shelties since 1979 and said her main concern with the ordinance is the restriction on dogs per owner unless the owner is a registered breeder with permit.

The new ordinance would require anyone with more than five animals to have them all spayed or neutered.

Sammon said the number of dogs at her home is always fluctuating and she felt a limitation on that number was too restrictive.

Several people expressed concern that many show-dog owners have more than five dogs but don’t breed them, but can’t have them spayed or neutered because of showing requirements.

Assistant City Manager Wiley Stem said the main difference in the ordinance since the first public meeting is that the requirement for breeders to register was removed.

He said animal control will rely on reports of puppy litters or
animals that are not spayed or neutered to assist with the enforcement of finding disreputable breeders.

He said the council has tried to 
consider the needs of responsible pet owners as much as possible with this ordinance.

The first time an officer picks up a dog or cat that falls in compliance with the new ordinance, the officer simply will take the animal straight home.

Every pet who is retrieved with a microchip will be held at the shelter for 
10 days, instead of three, before it is offered up for adoption.

The city now spays or neuters dogs that have been impounded three times.

The new ordinance would require every animal that goes into the shelter to be sterilized and microchipped.


Posted by Rita Fisher on June 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - by Gail Perry

“You’ve just issued a death warrant,” Councilman Richard Banks told the Cleveland City Council members Wednesday afternoon. His proposal to give Bradley County one more chance to partner with the city of Cleveland in their efforts to have a no-kill animal shelter died for the lack of a second to the motion.

Councilman Banks tried to convince the other members of the council to extend an offer to the county for 30 days to let them hire someone, train them and get equipment and vehicles designated to pick up stray animals that are found in the county outside of Cleveland’s city limits. He  encouraged the council to reject the proposal previously submitted by Bradley County Commissioners that would provide some funding for the shelter, but no way to pick up animals. In that offer, it would be left to individual citizens to bring strays to the shelter. He said some people would be unable to do that, but that most people would just not take the time.

Mayor Tom Rowland stated that Cleveland officials are concerned about all the citizens of the county and that includes animals. In the month of May, said Councilman Banks, the animal shelter rescued 178 animals and succeeded in finding homes for 197. This number will go down, he said, because stray animals in the county will not be brought to the shelter to be given a chance. The shelter will not take them in because there is no contract in place between the city and county. Of the animals picked up in May, 135 came from outside the city limits.

After discussion of the Banks proposal, Vice Mayor Avery Johnson seconded the motion, Councilman Bill Estes said, “We’ve done our job - we’ve tried for months” to get cooperation from Bradley County. “Let’s cut bait and let them handle their own problems,” he said. 

“We need to be concerned with the animals,” Mayor Rowland told the council. 

During the 30-day period waiting for the county to organize a plan, who would pay for that? asked Councilman Estes. 

That’s a good point, said Vice Mayor Johnson, which prompted him to withdraw his second. It makes a good point except for the welfare of the animals, said Councilman Banks. Commissioner George Poe added that the problem is that everything the city has tried to do in conjunction with the county has resulted in no cooperation.


Posted by Rita Fisher on June 28, 2013 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

animal overcrowding

ANDERSON – An overcrowded Central Indiana animal shelter wants city leaders to fine pet owners who don’t neuter or spay their animals.

During the month of June, the Animal Protection League nearly doubled its size when it took in about 300 animals. It was already caring for about 200 animals.

It is so packed, there are now kennels in offices and out in the lobby.

“We have them everywhere,” said Director Maleah Stringer.

Anderson police reported a jump in the number of calls for stray or abused animals—from less than 10 a day to now 35 a day.

“People are irresponsible. They don’t spay and neuter their pets. They don’t practice responsible pet ownership,” Stringer told Fox 59.

She wants tougher state laws for animal abuse and neglect and wants to see a city ordinance that would fine negligent pet owners.

“We need people to spay and neuter their pets and not let them run loose,” she said.

If things don’t change, Stringer said, it is likely many of the animals in house will have to be put down to make room for more coming in.

If you would like to adopt, foster, volunteer, or donate, call the Animal Protection League at (765) 356-0900.

My note: I couldn'g agree more with the Animal Protection League. Responsible pet owners will spay and neuter.


Posted by Rita Fisher on June 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you read the book by Peter Marsh: Getting to Zero: A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter Overpopulation in the United States.

You can go to to download the book in PDF form for free or you can purchase a hard copy there at that website. There is also a 29 min. documentary right there on the homepage.

I'm just starting to read the book after I finished the article about "The Road to Zero", which is an interview with Peter Marsh in the July / Aug. 2013 issue of Animal Sheltering Magazine.

I will report back on the book. In the meantime, if you have read about it, please shoot me an email and tell me what you thought, or enter your comments.