Lufkin City Council votes unanimously to update city’s animal ordinances

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) — The majority of animal ordinances in Lufkin date from the 1970s, and on Nov. 1, the city council voted unanimously to catch up.

“We needed to update our municipal ordinances,” said Animal Services Director Aaron Ramsey. “A lot of them were just outdated. We had to conform more to state law in what it is here in the state of Texas.

Many ordinances relate to animal safety, such as the need to secure an animal traveling in the bed of a truck or restricting the sale or distribution of animals in public areas.

Ramsey says these changes are due to the evolution of how people view animals today.

“I’ve been doing this for about 10 years,” Ramsey said. “And even in this short time from when I started to now, society is changing, communities are changing, a lot of dynamics are changing. People see companion animals very differently than they did 20 or 30 years ago.

Another ordinance makes big changes to how the shelter handles pets entering animal shelters.

After an animal’s second trip to the shelter, it will be spayed and neutered, which the shelter hopes can help with chronic overcrowding at the shelter.

“We struggle a lot with animal population issues,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey says pets regularly pass through the shelter. Many of them are what he calls “recidivists”.

“We’re really targeting those repeat offenders and those people who continually let them out,” Ramsey said.

And since many of them are not neutered or neutered, they breed in neighborhoods and bring more pests to the city.

Ramsey says the first time a pet is claimed from the shelter, the owner will be notified of the overpopulation crisis and the order.

You can watch the recording of the November 1 city council meeting here:

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Jennifer R. Strohm