ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE
The Mercedes Animal Control Ordinance was read and passed May 1st, 2018. The Ordinance established new parameters for pet owners to abide in order to:
-Reduce animal bites
-Decrease population of strays
-Reduce pets running at large
-Overall provide a better quality of life for our pets.
What is New?
All dogs and cats over the age of 16 weeks must be individually licensed unless they are:
- Residents of the jurisdiction for less than 60 days;
- Residents of a veterinary clinic, animal shelter or impoundment facility; or
- Residents of a licensed kennel.
Licenses can only be issued by Public Works or designee, and would only be provided to pets with proof of rabies vaccination from a certified veterinarian. Licenses have a cost of $10, and there are waivers for animals serving the blind or deaf; or dogs trained for government use.
Under this ordinance; a resident, tenant, and/or owner can only harbor or oversee a maximum of 4 dogs over the age of 6 months old. Owners of 5 or more dogs, may apply for a kennel license. However; commercial zoning is required as well as strict sanitary requirements. The owner is responsible for keeping proper sanitary conditions for the animals, free of accumulated waste, debris, pests, fleas, and ticks. All such shelters or living areas must be cleaned and maintained regularly so as to promote proper health for the animals being kept.
Under the Mercedes Animal Control ordinance, it is strictly forbidden to:
- Use tethering as a primary method of confinement;
- transport or carry on any public roadway any animals in a motor vehicle unless the animal is safely secure.
All your pets must be wearing a tag at all times, and starting January 1st, 2019 all dogs over 6 months must be implanted with an identifying microchip.
For more information contact Animal Control at (956) 565-6147
Pet owners must provide proper food, water and shelter for their animals at all times. Failure to do so may result in the confiscation of your pet and a citation for animal neglect or animal cruelty. The owner of every dog or cat will be held responsible for every behavior, nuisance-like or otherwise of their pets.