The number of loose and stray dogs roaming the streets in Dallas - more specifically South Dallas - has reached epidemic proportions. To try to reduce the number, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday voted to mandate microchipping for all dogs and cats and strictly limit breeding.
All dogs and cats must now be microchipped and spayed or neutered. If you're a breeder the new ordinance will require you to be a member of a purebred kennel club, pay $100 per year for a city breeding permit and limit females to one litter a year.
The city of Dallas will offer a two-month grace period to comply before handing out fines.
Pet owners in 23 zip codes qualify for free microchipping and spay/neuter surgeries.
Any Dallas resident can get their pet microchipped for $15.
To learn more check out the full story courtesy CBSDFW.com