Come September, Fort Worth residents who don't want to microchip their dog or cat to serve as their city license will have the option to still pay for a collar-attached license.
The Fort Worth City Council Tuesday night by a 8-0 vote approved several changes to the city's animal ordinance, among them implementing stricter leash laws and placing fines on pet owners who refuse to pick up after their dog. Councilman Brian Byrd was absent.
The council also approved a minor name change for the Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Control Center at 4900 Martin St. It will now be called the Chuck Silcox Animal Control and Adoption Center.
Earlier this year, Code Compliance officials sought several changes to the city's animal ordinance to bring it in compliance with state law as well as modernize it to include current technologies.
The updated ordinance includes higher license fees if a resident doesn't want to microchip their pet. Those are $100 for a three-year license, $150 for a five-year license and $200 for the life of the animal.
In other changes, the updated ordinance expands the department's Educate the Offender Program to include most first-time, non-cruelty or dangerous animal violations. Now, more residents found violating the animal ordinance will be allowed to take a class rather than pay a fine. The program was started in 2001.