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Public Input Period For San Antonio Animal Ordinances Nears End

Courtesy Animal Care Services

The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services has been gathering public input about upcoming changes to the department's strategic plan since February.

The numerous community meetings hosted by ACS and more than 1,000 surveys English- and Spanish-language surveys submitted by San Antonio residents gave the city a plentiful amount of input to review.

A preliminary briefing of the feedback suggests four categories of revisions – animal limits; spaying and neutering; tethering; and impoundment – as well as nine new proposals, which include preventing the use of chains to tether dogs outdoors and limiting domesticated chickens to one rooster per household. 

There are only three public meetings left. Animal Care Services is expected to present final recommendations to the San Antonio City Council in September.

What else should the City consider and incorporate in efforts to ensure the safety of San Antonio streets and its animal populations? 


  • Officer Shannon Sims, assistant director of the City of San Antonio's Animal Care Servicesdepartment
  • Lisa Norwood, public relations and outreach manager at the City of San Antonio's Animal Care Servicesdepartment

Animal Care Services' next public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Hardberger Ecology Center. Click here for a list of remaining meeting dates. If you are not able to attend, an online survey is available in Englishand Spanish. To learn more about the 311 City Services app, click here.

This is a community conversation and we want to hear from you. Leave a voicemail with your questions and comments in advance by calling 210-615-8982. During the live show (12 - 1 p.m.), call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.