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Abilene Animal Control Laws Prevent Dog Bite InjuriesSaturday, May 26th, 2012
The State of Texas has animal control laws, but effectively controlling the pet population and problems with dangerous stray dogs requires action by local governments. If you live in a city which neglects this potential problem, dog bite attacks are far more likely to occur. The city of Abilene, Texas, has animal-related ordinances which provide a good line of protection.
Residents of Abilene will benefit from the city’s animal ordinances, and other communities can benefit from following their example. The following is an overview of the pet ordinances in Abilene, with an emphasis on sharing those related to dogs:
- If you own a cat and it goes outside, it must wear an identifying tag.
- Pet owners are limited to having four dogs and/or cats over 10 weeks of age.
- Residents may not own a skunk, bat, or any poisonous reptile. You cannot own a wild animal if the mature weight of the animal exceeds 40 pounds.
- All cats and dogs over three months of age must be vaccinated against rabies annually.
- Dog and cat owners who reside within Abilene city limits must obtain a city license for their pet from a veterinarian.
- Dogs must be kept restrained at all times. This is the responsibility of the owner or person in charge of the dog.
- Any animal found in violation of the Abilene animal ordinance will be picked up if the owner of the animal is not present. If the owner arrives before the officer leaves the scene with their pet, the officer will give the owner a verbal warning, will leave a letter of warning, or will issue a citation.
If you live in a municipality which does not protect its citizens from dangers caused by a lack of animal control laws and enforcement, start a campaign by contacting local authorities with your concern and then go from there.
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