Animal Care Services warns of ‘zero tolerance’ for weather-related violations, says bring pets inside

SAN ANTONIO – With wintry weather conditions in San Antonio this week, Animal Care Services is reminding pet owners to bring pets indoors or face the consequences. In a post on social media, ACS said they would have “zero tolerance” for weather-related violations. Anyone found to be breaking pet laws […]

SAN ANTONIO – With wintry weather conditions in San Antonio this week, Animal Care Services is reminding pet owners to bring pets indoors or face the consequences.

In a post on social media, ACS said they would have “zero tolerance” for weather-related violations. Anyone found to be breaking pet laws could face impoundment of their pet, fines up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail for repeat offenders.

Animal Care Officers will be on patrol addressing potential violations.

Anyone needing to report a concern can call the city’s 3-1-1 Customer Service line or report it online. If you are unable to reach 3-1-1, you can contact SAPD’s non-emergency line by dialing 210-207-7273.

ACS officials said there have been more than 400 calls for reports of animals being left outside without shelter since Sunday night and that officers are getting to the calls as quickly as possible.

ACS reminded people that it’s always against the law to tether a dog with chains and gave the following reminders for keeping animals safe during cold weather:

  • Bring your pets inside to shield them from the cold.

  • Provide shelter with three walls, a raised floor, and a roof for outdoor pets.

  • Ensure pets ALWAYS have access to food and clean water.

  • Before starting your car, check for outdoor cats seeking warmth near the hood or tires.

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