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Dallas Tx . new proposed laws passed
« on: February 04, 2008, 10:24:38 AM »

From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance,?

the reasonable voice regarding animal issues in Texas.?

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance is an animal welfare organization,?

not "animal rights" and, yes, there is a difference.?

Permission granted to crosspost.?

Saturday, February 2, 2008?


Thanks to the Dallas Morning News and reporter Dave Levinthal, we were
informed that the Dallas Animal Shelter Commission unanimously passed
suggestions on January 17th regulating dogs, cats and dangerous dogs in
Dallas.  These suggestions will now go to the Quality of Life Committee
be finalized before a city council vote.  This followed closely on the
of the onerous San Antonio animal ordinance which passed mid-December
appears to propose similar provisions.?

RPOA spent two weeks trying to get a copy of the proposal.  We kept
the runaround and were referred to others repeatedly, but finally
enough information to send out this notice.  RPOA was told this is in
"very early stages" and there is no written document yet; that the
Shelter Commission is "only an advisory committee" and they attempted

downplay the proposal.  They claim that Levinthal was "misinformed."?

According to Levinthal (who attended the Animal Shelter Commission
the following suggestions were made:?

*  Pet limits of no more than 6 dogs, cats or a combination in a
single-family home would be allowed.  Animal foster or rescue

could keep more upon obtaining permission from the city's animal
director (meaning there will be permits issued which authorize city?

personnel to enter your home at any time for inspections).  Pet owners
more than six animals would be grandfathered.?

*  All dogs and cats over 4 months of age must be spayed or neutered
a breeder permit is purchased at a cost of $500 annually which would
those in possession to random city inspections.?

*  The city would be allowed to immediately seize dangerous animals,
 such as
those that have attacked a person without provocation and will consider
ban on chaining animals to trees or posts.?

Councilmember Pauline Medrano's office grudgingly admitted that the
suggestions from the Animal Shelter Commission include "a limit of
 number of
dogs and cats, would regulate breeding, and expand marketing policies

procedures if passed."  Medrano chairs the Quality of Life Committee.
office said there may be a briefing to city council on March 24th but
nothing is definite.  It is being called an "Aggressive Dog Ordinance"
the present time but they said it may be renamed later.?

Asst. City Manager David Brown said, "We have to do something."  Animal
Services is under his supervision.  He admitted there have been a
 couple of
meetings between the Legal Department and the Animal Shelter

already so it sounds as though this is farther along than claimed.
this is a national "animal rights" legislative agenda, there's little
what the "something" will say.?

RPOA will send out an action alert next week with contact information
Dallas officials.  We can't wait until a written document is released
that may be too late.  In the meantime, spread this information to your
friends, acquaintances and club members and warm up the fax machines.
be forewarned PETA, HSUS and friends will be doing the same -- just as
did with California's AB 1634 and the San Antonio ordinance.  Please
post and?

forward, especially to Dallas residents.?

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance?

900 NE Loop 410  #311-D?

San Antonio, TX  78209?

Phone:  (210) 822-6763?


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Re: Dallas Tx . new proposed laws passed
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 04:47:07 PM »
Well that stinks...glad I don't live in Texas.
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