Dallas to Consider Imposing Mandatory Spay/Neuter on All Dogs Redeemed from Shelter, Other Changes

Read the original article by AKC Government Relations at akc.org here.

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the Dallas City Council is scheduled to consider two dog-related ordinance changes that were recently passed by its Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture Committee at the urging of Dallas Animal Services.  One non-controversial change would amend the city’s dangerous dog law.  Another change, however, would require any animal redeemed from a shelter to be sterilized in order for the owner to reclaim the animal.

Currently, with the exception of competition animals and those subject to an intact animal permit, if an owner wants to redeem their animal from the animal shelter, it must be spayed or neutered as a condition of release.  However, this new ordinance would remove these exceptions, even for a competition or breeding animal’s first at-large offense. (Click here to view this proposal.)  The AKC is concerned with the severity of this “one-strike” penalty for breeding or competing dogs not habitually found at-large, and respectfully urges the City Council to maintain the exemptions that appear in current law.   We strongly encourage all Dallas-area clubs and residents to contact the members of the City Council and request those protections be preserved.

The dangerous dog proposal seeks to simplify enforcement processes for animal owners and bite victims, and seeks to extend coverage to animal-on-animal attacks.  It would, among other provisions, create criminal penalties for allowing a dog to bite, would implement a city-wide dangerous dog registry open to the public, impose additional penalties for second attacks, and add a new section for aggressive dogs.

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