Updates to the Animal Control Ordinance

A new ordinance enacted by City Council will take effect this Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The ordinance impacts many of the city laws that regulate animals within our City Limits.

Ordinance Highlights:

  • Establishes new limits on how many animals one may own;
  • Animal “owner” is better defined;
  • Animal tags must now be displayed on the animal’s collar;
  • Out of jurisdiction pet licenses will be accepted until their current term by that jurisdiction expires then the owner must register the pet with Aransas Pass;
  • Animals may not ride on the driver’s seat, lap, or anywhere on the dashboard of a motor vehicle;
  • The dangerous dog and rabies quarantine investigative processes have been better outlined;
  • Throughout the ordinance, some of the existing statutes have been better worded for clarity;
  • Establishes better safeguards for grazing animals to keep them out of the roadways for their safety and the safety of motorists;
  • Public Nuisance Animals now include animals that attack other animals and enhances penalties for repeat violations;
  • Animals owners are required to provide water for their animals when likewise required to provide adequate shelter;
  • Added a TDLR exception to the prohibited animal list;
  • Updated the fees and fine schedules.

Review the ordinance as enacted.

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