New rules for pet owners from Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On Tuesday, Corpus Christi City Council will be reviewing some new rules that will affect our four-legged citizens and their owners.

The council members will vote on an ordinance amending the ordinance code for animal care and control.

These animal care ordinances were first adopted on March 25, 1981 and have not been revised since December 14, 2014.

The changes and revisions, which will be voted on Tuesday, were approved by the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services Advisory Board on January 20th.

One of the biggest changes is the annual renewal of your pet’s metal registration label.

A proposed revision would instead require pets to be microchipped. It would serve as a lifetime registration.

Pet owners would have to update their information with the microchip company, for example when the pet gets a new owner.

The city is also addressing the problem of aggressive dogs.

As the revisions progress, Animal Care Services will have enhanced enforcement powers to hold owners accountable for their dog’s actions.

A new section also looks at the proper housing of pets.

No animal is held back outside without protection.

The shelter must have space for animals so that they can move around comfortably.

It must also be structurally sound, well ventilated, hygienic and keep the animals dry and clean.

The area around the shelter must also be clean and free of debris.

When the temperature drops below 50 degrees, the bedding must be placed in the shelter.

No animal may be kept outdoors if the temperature is below 32 degrees or if a heat warning has been issued.

If approved, these changes will take effect May 18th.