Council Approves Ordinance Revisions that Update Animal Care Laws

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX –  At today’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and the City Council approved revisions to the proposed amendments that focus on Chapter 6 of the Corpus Christi City Code of Ordinances. Chapter 6 is dedicated to animal care and control.

The revisions will be the first ordinance updates regarding animal care since December 2014.  The revisions will help improve the quality of life for the pets and wildlife in our community by bringing the ordinances up to date with current animal welfare practices. In addition, the proposed changes will help to address issues that affect public health and the potential for community spreading of animal-related diseases.

Following the updates, ordinance language better clarifies definitions and addresses additional areas of concern. The changes include:

  • Transitioning from dog licenses to microchipping
  • Addressing the failure of pet owners to reclaim their animals from Corpus Christi Animal Care Services
  • Creating an “aggressive dog” section
  • Defining what is considered a “shelter” for pets

To learn more about the amendments to the Animal Care Services Chapter 6 Ordinance, please visit our website at

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