July 29, 2013

New Consolidated Dog Law in Effect in Cameron County starting August 2013

A new set of dog laws and ordinances are going to be put in effect in all Cameron County starting August 22nd and are going to be enforcing a newer and stricter regulations and deadlines that all dog owners of the county will have to follow or else get arrested and charged with hefty fines that up to $4,000 dollars.

Senator Filemon Vela is in talks with Brownsville City Commissioners and Animal Control and are going to be giving out pamphlets and information to put up to speed all dog owners of the area, especially of the West Side of Brownsville, the Colonias at Cameron Park and Southmost residents to comply to the new rules and be ready for the changes before the deadline.

The New Laws regarding pets will include:

  • All dogs must be seen wearing appropriate leashes and if they are kept outside they need to have a proper shelter, clean water and shade at all times of day and all year round.  Any dogs observed in the backs of the homes near the alleys or in front of the residences with a short leash and no clean running water or shade or shelter will be removed by animal control and the owners will be arrested on the spot and fine up to $450 dollars and up to 30 days incarceration for the owners of the residence.

  • All dogs must be provided with bi monthly veterinarian check ups and vaccination and the owners must have proof that they are taking their pets to the vets whenever animal control agents or the police department respond to any calls of animals in distress. Failure to do so will result with the pets being relocated to the local shelters and fines up to $1,000 dollars.

  • Small dogs weighing less than 35 pounds are not allowed to ride in automobiles or in their owners laps or to stare outside the windows.  They need to be restrained with a leash in an appropriate cage.  Also dogs weighing over 35 pounds are not allowed to ride in the back of pick up trucks or wander freely in parks, Boca Chica Beach and South Padre Island.  Dogs are allowed on the beach but only every second Saturday of the month and during the hours of 7:30 p.m. thru 6:50 a.m.  Any pet owner that decides to take their dogs and pooches in the times and days not scheduled, will be arrested on the spot and their pets surrender to local kill shelters.

  • Residents of the colonias at Cameron Park, Riverside and Southmost are compelled to give away animals and not hoard them.  Only two dogs allowed for every 2,000 sq ft and also the owners have to show proof of veterinary care, shelter, leashes up to 45 feet in length and proper vegetation and clean water and food available.
  • Southmost Rd residents and Cameron Park residents are going to be checked upon every two Saturdays by members of Animal Control that are going to be knocking from door to door checking up pon residents and to make sure they are getting rid of extra pets and taking care efficeintly with the pets they are left with.
Any pets displaying tumors, fleas, ticks, numbness in their extremities, over aggressiveness, and hyper active behavior will be put out in the spot and the owners will be presented with a coupon for all you can eat taquitos, at taquitos express.

New Dog Ordinance to be made effective August 2013.

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