New City Ordinance: Dogs & Cats Must Be Micro-chipped
Laredo pet owners listen up! There are new and very detailed updates to the City pet ordinance that could eventually add up to a fine if not followed.
It involves the micro-chipping of pets and Health Department officials say it's well overdue. The goal is to ensure animal safety as well as tracking Laredo pets. One of the biggest changes: a new registration process requiring that all pets be micro-chipped. "The local vets have partnered with the city, and for the first year it will only cost $5 dollars. The vets will then share the information again to enter into a database to track who's got pets, and if they're vaccinated and who they belong to," says Dr. Hector Gonzalez of the Laredo Health Department.
The ordinance went into effect May 1st, but Health Department officials say they want to roll out the new rules slowly to give people a chance to catch up.