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Yakima's animal ordinance gets some changes

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YAKIMA, WA - If you live in Yakima and you own a dog, you'll want to read this.

Having a dog can be costly - between the food, toys, treats, and vaccinations it all adds up. Dog owners in Yakima may want to cut back on the toys and treats because the changes the City Council announced may cost them.

The Yakima City Council announced a "dangerous dog ordinance" during last week's meeting. The Council voted yes to having a dog spayed or neutered if it's been impounded more than once a year.

Another change is that the cost to register dogs that have not been fixed will go up. 

One change that was proposed but did not pass was that all dogs be microchipped - Council members said it would be hard to enforce and costly for some families.

The Yakima Humane Society says they are for having a dangerous dog ordinance and offer low-cost services.

"Well I think dangerous dog ordinances are important, we want to create a truly safer community," said Kelly Murray with the Yakima Humane Society. "Since December 2016 the Yakima Humane Society did open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, which really helps ease the burden of spay and neutering your animals."

The Yakima Humane Society says they are only in favor of these new changes, however, they are not in favor of the pit bull ban. The pit bull ban remains in place and is separate from this ordinance - council members did suggest reviewing the ban by this August.

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