City of Houston Bans Retail Sales of Pets and Institutes Mandatory Microchipping

The City Council of Houston, Texas unanimously passed a series of animal ordinance updates which impose minimum standards for outdoor confinement of dogs, mandate microchipping for all companion animals to minimize shelter intakes, and notably require pet stores “to sell only dogs and cats sourced from a humane organization or a municipal/county animal shelter.” The city also allocated $1 million for spay and neuter services.