Highlights of the new ordinance:
• All dogs and cats must be microchipped.
• Animals that are found running loose twice will be required to be sterilized.
• Dogs can no longer be tethered/chained. Dogs must be contained in a yard, behind a fence or in a kennel of adequate size to allow for exercise and room to play or jump around without hitting themselves against the enclosure.
• It is now illegal to transport your dogs in the open bed of a truck. It must be in a kennel or crate secured to the truck.
• A litter permit is needed if your dog has puppies or your cat has kittens.
• A breeder permit is required for every animal used for that purpose.
“Animal Care Services is committed to helping people succeed and enforce the law when necessary,” says Animal Care Services Director Matt Pepper.
“Our goal is to create the best possible environment for both the animals and citizens of unincorporated Bernalillo County and we feel this ordinance is a big step in that direction.”
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