San Marcos to discipline 'irresponsible pet owners'

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) — San Marcos is taking a stricter stance on pet control.

A newly passed ordinance allows the city to label people “irresponsible pet owners” and levy harder penalties.

The city or the San Diego County Humane Society can impound the animals of people who are declared “irresponsible owners” under the ordinance and ban hem from owning any animals for up to three years.

According to the rules, an “irresponsible owner” is an individual who has received three of more citations in the last two years for an unrestrained animal, guard dog, dangerous animal or nuisance violation.

Dangerous animals per the ordinance are those that have attacked a person or another domestic animal two times within four years, or have injured or killed a person once within four years.

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