ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Breeding dogs and cats and selling their babies is illegal in the Albuquerque area without a permit, and now the city and county are teaming up to crack down on the practice.
The Heart Ordinance was passed six years ago and it is illegal to sell puppies without a permit.
In the last year, the city shelter took in 25,000 animals. Nineteen thousand of them were adopted or reclaimed, but unfortunately 5,700 dogs were euthanized.
The city says part of the problem is people breeding dogs and selling puppies.
On any given day, ads for puppies fill column after column in the newspaper and the situation is the same online on Craigslist.
The plan will include one officer from the city and one from the county checking these ads and identifying people violating the Heart Ordinance.
The ordinance says a household can have six animals and no more than four of those animals can be dogs. If the dog isn't spayed or neutered, there's a $150 fee every year.
Litter permits are $150 per litter, and that litter permit is only good for six months. In addition, a household is limited to four litter permits in any 12-month period.
Noncompliance penalties are up to $500 and 90 days in jail.
The city says the other part of the solution is spaying and neutering dogs and cats. The city put on a low-cost spay-and-neuter clinic at the Eastside shelter, but it's not at capacity.
This week the city is now allowing people with moderate incomes to use the clinic.
For details call the city's 311 hotline for more information.
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