Santa Fe’s new animal ordinance in effect


SANTA FE (KRQE) – The city of Santa Fe is trying to educate residents about a new animal ordinance that now affects people who were not affected before.

The annexation of the area southwest of city took effect July 1, which means so does the animal care ordinance for the 13,000 new city residents.

The ordinance which took effect for everyone else in February requires pets to be secured on the owner’s property. It does allow tethering, but only under a trolley system and also requires weatherproof shelter for pets.

City councilors also strengthened spay and neuter laws and breeding permits are required for residents who do not spay or neuter their animals.

Owners whose animals are not in compliance are subject to a $325 penalty. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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