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  • Proposed Pima County Pet Ordinance

    Jul 07, 2014 | Read More News
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    As Pima County moves toward a more pet friendly community, it has found that:
    1. It is in the best interest of the County to modify Pima County Code Section 6.04.090 to require both adopted and redeemed dogs and cats to be surgically sterilized.  Currently the Code only requires dogs and cats adopted, but not dogs and cats redeemed, from Pima Animal Care Center to be surgically sterilized prior to release unless specifically exempted.
    2. It is in the best interest of the County to eliminate its homeless pet population to include providing for trap, neuter and return of healthy, un-owned community cats and further requirements for altering pets as key provisions in achieving that goal.
    3. The Pima Animal Care Center partners with humane societies and other nonprofit animal welfare organizations.
    4. The Pima Animal Care Center can increase its life-saving capacity and effectiveness by transferring unaltered dogs and cats to such organizations.
    5. It is in the best interests of the County to authorize the Pima Animal Care Center to release unaltered, unclaimed animals to duly incorporated humane societies and other nonprofit corporate organizations and further require those organizations to alter the pets before they are adopted to suitable homes from the organization.
    Therefore, County staff has prepared the attached draft ordinance to continue down the path to a more pet friendly community and requests input or feedback on the proposed ordinance. Please send comments to:  Attention PACC Ordinance via email or fax to (520) 623-1432 or by mail, 3950 S. Country Club Rd., Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85714.

    The ordinance currently posted may have additional changes, that will be made and shared on this webpage. Please check back to ensure you have the most current version.

     Feedback due date extended to August 1, 2014.

    Draft Ordinance Updated Version 7-16-2014 
    Draft Ordinance Updated Version 7-21-2014
    Ordinance Final Strike 7-23-2014