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McKinney, Texas, Animal Control Requires Pet Owners to Scoop the Poop and More

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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There isn’t a lot that you can learn about McKinney, Texas, Animal Control by reading the website. But the good news is that frequently asked questions (FAQs) are answered, including the all-important question: Is there a pooper scooper law in McKinney? And the answer to this question is: Yes. If pet owners fail to pick up after their pets, they could be issued a citation. Chances are all of your basic questions are answered on the website.

Do you need to register your dog if you live within the city limits of McKinney? No. At the current time, registration of pets is not required.

There is a limit to how many dogs and cats you can have. The maximum number is four dogs and four cats over three months old per household.

If you suspect that your dog may have been picked up by McKinney Animal Control, check with Collin County Animal Shelter, where strays are currently housed.

Dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated against the deadly rabies virus by four months of age. Thereafter, the animals must be vaccinated either annually or every three years, depending on which type of vaccination was given. However, all dogs and cats are required to receive their second rabies vaccination within one year of their first shot, no matter which type of vaccine was used and no matter what age the animal was when initially vaccinated.

The website also has frequently asked questions that are not specifically addressed to pet owners. For instance, is there anything you can do if a neighbor’s dog barks constantly? And the answer is yes. Contact McKinney Animal Control at 972-547-7445 during business hours, those being Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the McKinney Police Department on their non-emergency phone line at 972-547-2700 regarding nuisance barking outside of normal business hours.

You should also contact animal control if you have wildlife on your property. To protect your pets from harm caused by wild animals such as bats, squirrels, skunks, raccoons and armadillos, some of which can carry the rabies virus, follow these steps:
• Secure your pets indoors during the night time and always supervise them in the yard.
• Do not leave water, pet food, or food storage in areas which are easily accessible to wild animals.
• Do not put trash out until the day it is to be picked up.
• Avoid walking your dog at dawn or dusk.

McKinney Animal Control does not help with birds in the attic, but check the website to learn what types of birds you can keep in proper outdoor enclosures.

–By Guest Contributor

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