Roswell city council proposes changes for pet permits
September 17, 2019 06:25 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.— Changes could be on the way for pet owners in the city of Roswell.
"We are making it stricter,” said Roswell City Councilor, Barry Foster.
According to city code, the city allows a maximum of ten pets per household, with one permit required for each pet when the pet owner has more than five.
Councilman Foster said the proposed changes to city code would keep that maximum, but only one permit would be needed as long as the pet owner’s property passes inspection.
"What we're trying to do, instead of having a permit for every single one over, we can just inspect the yard,” Foster said.
Foster believes the proposed changes will be easier to enforce across the board.
"One permit will pay for seven dogs or eight dogs depending on the size of the yard,” Foster said.
Pet owners could avoid the yearly license fee if they get their dogs microchipped instead.
"It would be easier if their pet gets out for our animal control officers to find who the owner is, and get it directly taken back to their house,” Foster said.
The city believes the changes could also prevent viruses from spreading.
"We want to control the amount of population of our animals,” Foster said. “The more animals that come into the kennels and come out of the kennels, the higher risk of bringing viruses into the animal control."
The city’s public safety committee plans to address the possible changes at a meeting Tuesday.
Updated: September 17, 2019 06:25 PM
Created: September 16, 2019 07:23 PM
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