North Texas
7:39 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

New Stray Dog Law In Dallas

Dallas, TX – There are new rules in Dallas for handling stray dogs. Anyone who takes "possession" of a stray must try to locate the owner within 72 hours, or face a fine up to 500 dollars.

Council member Vonciel Jones Hill was the only "no" vote. She said the ordinance would place a burden on anyone trying to have some kindness towards a stray.

Dog owner Brad Kirby spent two years pushing for the ordinance after his dogs were stolen from his yard. He discovered who took them, but police had no legal power to make the man return the dogs, or reveal their whereabouts.

Kirby: It's a good law. It's a righteous law. It doesn't cost the city any money. It doesn't cost the dog owner any money. It doesn't cost the person who finds the stray dog any money.

Anyone taking in a stray must call the number on the dog's tags; or, get the dog scanned for a microchip by a veterinarian. They can also call 3-1-1 to have animal services take the dog and I-D it.

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