Law changes affect county pet owners

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — New rules are coming for pet owners in Bernalillo County.

The County Commission approved new ordinance last week and goes into effect in six months.

Among the changes: residents can no longer tether their dogs and must get a microchip implant for dogs and cats.

That microchip rule is designed to make sure lost pets can be identified and help lift the burden from the animal shelter.

Bernalillo County Animal Care Services says dog owners can get a waiver for the tether but must have a good reason for it.

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