Corpus Christi Animal Care Services Announces Chapter 6 Ordinance Revisions

Ordinance Goes into Effect October 1

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS) reminds residents that Chapter 6 Ordinance revisions will go into effect on October 1.  The ordinance revisions will enhance public safety, address animal overpopulation, and encourage responsible pet ownership. These changes include the following:

Public Safety:

New requirements for animals considered dangerous or aggressive will include the purchase and proper use of the following:

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All animals considered aggressive or dangerous must:

  • Be registered with the CCACS department and obtain an annual dangerous dog permit.
  • Wear a “special” orange collar and leash purchased from CCACS. It must be visible at 50 feet to identify it as a dangerous dog.
  • Post a visible warning sign on the premises. Purchase at CCACS.
  • Provide a certificate of public liability insurance for $100,000.
  • Muzzle and leash the dog when taken outside.
  • Allow an annual inspection by CCACS of the residence where the dog is kept.

Animal Overpopulation:

New requirements that target the growing concern of animal overpopulation include the following:

  • Pet owners within city limits must have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered if they are over six months old.
  • If owners decide not to spay and neuter, they must obtain an annual intact animal permit from CCACS. This permit is available for a fee of $50.
  • Pet shops are Prohibited from selling cats and dogs. However, pet shops can provide adoption space for CCACS animals or a CCACS-partnered rescue group.

Responsible Pet Ownership:

To promote responsible pet ownership, the new ordinance changes will include the following:

  • It's mandatory for all pets residing within city limits to have a microchip and be registered with CCACS, which increases the likelihood of their safe return to their respective owners.
  • CCACS reserves the right to transfer pets without a microchip and registration to a rescue organization.

Failure to obtain proper permits and comply with city regulations will result in fines for the pet owner.

Residents can use the following resources to ensure they comply with the new ordinance changes:

For more information about the ordinance revisions, please visit

For more information, media representatives can contact Public Information Officer Brianna Sandoval at 361-826-1655 or