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The American Kennel Club (AKC) and our Texas federation of owners, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA), remain deeply concerned with the proposed changes to San Antonio's animal ordinance. The proposed ordinance is unreasonable, unenforceable, and unfairly penalizes responsible dog breeders and owners. For example, if adopted, the new law will impose many burdensome restrictions, including: classifying most kennels as a “commercial kennel” and imposing considerable regulations upon such facilities; mandating the spay/neuter of all dogs, or requiring owners to purchase an intact dog permit; requiring breeders to obtain a $50 litter permit prior to or within ten days of a litter's birth; and requiring owners to purchase a permit and spay/neuter for all animals in excess of established pet limits.

San Antonio's City Council will consider this onerous proposal on Wednesday, October 17, in a “B Session” meeting. No testimony from the public will be allowed at this meeting. Representatives of RPOA will be in attendance and will report on any and all developments. A vote may be taken by San Antonio's City Council by month's end.


Action is needed now! As the owner of a dog registered with the AKC, it is vitally important that you fax, call, or e-mail San Antonio's Mayor and City Council to express your opposition to this proposal. Mail all letters to:

City of San Antonio
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283

Mayor Phil Hardberger
Phone: (210) 207-7060
Fax: (210) 207-4168

City Manager Sheryl Sculley
Phone: (210) 207-7080
Fax: (210) 207-4217

Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros
Phone: (210) 207-7279
Fax: (210) 207- 6931

Councilwoman Sheila McNeil
Phone: (210) 207-7278
Fax: (210) 207-4496

Councilman Roland Gutierrez
Phone: (210) 207-7064
Fax: (210) 534-1931

Councilman Philip Cortez
Phone: (210) 207-7281
Fax: (210) 678-0099

Councilwoman Lourdes Galvan
Phone: (210) 207-7043
Fax: (210) 212-4860

Councilwoman Delicia Herrera
Phone: (210) 207-7065
Fax: (210) 207-8760

Councilman Justin Rodriguez
Phone: (210) 207-7044
Fax: (210) 207-8181

Councilwoman Diane Cibrian
Phone: (210) 207-7086
Fax: (210) 949-0439

Councilman Kevin Wolff
Phone: (210) 207-7325
Fax: (210) 341-2092

Councilman John Clamp
Phone: (210) 207-7276
Fax: (210) 207-8777

For more information, please contact AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail; or contact the RPOA at, or e-mail

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and our Texas federation of owners, the Responsible Pet Owners…