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Fee for unfixed pets may increase
By Marty Schladen \ El Paso Times
Posted: 07/07/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT

EL PASO -- The city is considering tripling the cost of permits for dogs and
cats that are not fixed.

An ordinance introduced Tuesday also would require advertisements for pets
to contain proof that breeders have litter licenses.

The council did not discuss or vote on the ordinance, but officials say it's
intended to reduce the number of dogs and pets that are destroyed at the El
Paso Animal Services Shelter each year.

"Any step in that direction is positive," Mayor John Cook said.

The ordinance would raise permit fees for pets not spayed or neutered from
$10 to $32.

The penalty for not getting a pet permit in city limits is a class C
misdemeanor, with fines typically running between $100 and $200, said
Eduardo de Castro, director of animal services.

But Cook is concerned that people who haven't licensed their pets might not
find a $22 discount a good reason to fix their pets and get right with the
law.

"If they're not going to put tags on (pets) in the first place, they're
probably not going to do it now," the mayor said.

It costs $100 to $110 to spay or neuter a pet, said Michael Hill, director
of the city's public health department. There are programs to subsidize the
procedures for those who can't afford it.

The city is killing between 17,000 and 18,000 animals a year at the shelter,
Hill said.
"It's way too much," said Betty Hoover, executive director of the Humane
Society of El Paso.

Spay and neutering is one way to limit the number of unwanted pets. Another
is to control illicit breeding.

City residents with pregnant dogs and cats now are required to purchase a
$75 litter permit, but it's difficult to enforce, Hoover said. The ordinance
would require ads listing pets for sale to also list the permit number.

"Most of the community is not even aware they have to have a breeders
license," Hoover said.

Cook supports the measures in the bill, but he wants more drastic action.
For example, he wants it to be illegal to sell any but spayed or neutered
pets in El Paso.

The mayor said he might try to amend parts of the bill when it's discussed
next week.

Hill said he'd support anything that would reduce the number of dogs and
cats being killed in El Paso.

"It's pretty awful," he said. "It's stressful, killing puppies and kittens,
and we'd rather not do it."

Marty Schladen can be reached at [email protected]; 546-6127.

Fee for unfixed pets may increase - El Paso Times
 

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>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
and, yes, there is a difference."
Permission granted to crosspost.
July 12, 2010

Correction to earlier El Paso Alert!
We finally received a copy of the El Paso Chapter 7 Revisions being voted on

tomorrow (Tuesday, July 13th).
It is now posted on our website:
RPOA Texas Outreach under the El Paso Tab.

No pet sales "ban" is being proposed. Our subject was misleading and RPOA
prides itself on keeping the truth on the table.
Rather it is a requirement that all dogs and cats sold by pet stores must be

spayed/neutered unless the animal is registered at the standard fee prior to

sale or transfer.

As we wrote in our earlier Alert, El Paso city offices were closed Friday
and with the weekend approaching, we couldn't get a copy of the actual
proposal until now.

But due to the need to alert El Paso members in so little time, we went
ahead and sent out the council meeting notice, mostly relying on a Fox News
story. This broke our Golden Rule to have ordinance in hand.

After reading the El Paso proposal closely, there are some problems that
should be scrutinized more closely ... if there was time. There is an
exception listed for "Competition Cats and Dogs" regarding paying the
discounted established registration fees. But there is no definition for
same. Very poorly written.

The Animal Litter Permit will be a failure as in San Antonio ordinance. In
Sunday's San Antonio Express-News, there were five Litter Permits sold out
of 134 Classified Ads. The majority of ads are out of the city limits as we

told San Antonio before they passed the Litter Permits requirement. The
litters are being dumped rather than buy the permit and the same can be
expected in El Paso.

Our earlier alert is also posted on the RPOA Texas Outreach website if you
no longer have it.
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