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 thousand dollars, 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 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.