The San Antonio City Council passed an ordinance Thursday that makes several changes to animals laws, including a total ban on any chains used for tethering dogs.

The ban takes effect immediately but the city will launch a six-month, bilingual outreach program to raise awareness of the new laws.

The city said the new laws are designed to enhance humane care of animals and public safety.

“Laws are intended to promote and protect a community’s quality of life,” said Heber Lefgren, ACS Director. “The improved ordinance does just that by considering the balance between animal care and control as well as pets and people.”

Here is the list of key changes to animal laws passed Thursday:

· A complete ban on the use of chains of any weight as tethering for dogs

· Stricter spay neuter requirements for dogs legally declared dangerous or repeatedly impounded for roaming by ACS

· Authorizing ACS Officers to impound pets sold in illegal locations like roadsides or flea markets or those without a litter permit

· Increase in the allowable number of chickens on a property within the city limits to eight (8) (housing restrictions still apply)

· No more than one (1) rooster allowed per property within the city limits