AUSTIN (KXAN) - Two San Antonio lawmakers have filed bills expected to cause anall out dog fight between animal lovers and pet owners in Texas.
"If adopted, these bills will have a profound negative impactnot only on responsible dog breeders in Texas, but also on allcurrent and prospective dog owners," the Web site states.
The bill would allow pet owners who want to keep their petintact to buy a $300 permit. If a pet owner violates the law anddoes not have a permit, Animal Control could charge them with aClass C Misdemeanor which carries up at a $500 fine. Exceptions tothe law would include:
- if an animal is less than six months old
- if a veterinarian has certified the animal should be sterilized for health reasons
- if it is a service animal
Dorinda Pulliam, the Executive Director of the Town Lake AnimalCenter, would not comment directly on the bill but said euthanasiarates have dramatically decreased due to Austin's efforts ingetting pet owners to spay or neuter their pets.
"If you go into our stray cat area, you'll see almost nokittens," said Pulliam. "The fewer of these litters we see broughtin, the fewer animals have to be euthanized."
The Town Lake Animal Center has developed several spaying andneutering programs over the years. One offers the service free topet owners in the low-income areas of Austin. Those who oppose thebill plan to rally at the Capitol on April 9.
The bills do not stop there, however, for pets in Texas.
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Some who oppose the legislation said it would put small breedersout of business while proponents said it is one step closer toending animal cruelty.
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