Denison could have an updated pet ordinance, as some pets might have to be fixed

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII)- We deal with approximately 1500 homeless pets a year, and its very overwhelming," said Phillips.

Phillips is the president of Denison Animal Welfare Group, or D.A.W.G. She says new laws could make their work a lot easier.

"It is very overwhelming to have to care for that many unwanted animals with only volunteers. We hope that the spay and neuter ordinances go into effect now, and years down the road will help reduce the population of unwanted animals," said Phillips.

According to a study from the city of Denison, the city's pound put down 113 animals last year. They took over 2600 complaint calls, 56 of which were about dog bites.

The proposed ordinance recommends pets impounded by the city must be spayed or neutered within 30 days of release.

It would also not allow people to tie up their dogs in their front yards or within 500 feet of a school.

It would define exactly what a "dangerous dog" is.

It's a problem that came up four years ago when a Denison woman was mauled by dogs while walking to the pharmacy to get medicine for her sick daughter.

"Neighbors had complained about these animals on previous occasions, but because they hadn't heard anybody yet there wasn't really anything animal control could do. So what this does is give animal control officers more tools to be proactive rather than reactive," said Phillips.

There could also be fines for people who don't pick up after their pets.

"It's a health and sanitation issue. So it's important that people clean up after their pets, and having an ordinance encourages people to abide by that," said Phillips.

The city council could vote on the changes later this month.