WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - A Texas house bill that had some advocates and pet owners concerned will now be researched instead of being put up for a vote.
House Bill 3806 would have stopped non-profit, low-costs vet clinics from providing certain services to some pet owners based on their income.
Monday the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee heard citizens explain how the bill, if passed, would leave many pets untreated. Local Wichita County pet owners and animal advocates echoed their concerns.
As a mom and the owner of two dogs, non-profit vet clinics were exactly what City View resident Cassandra needed, especially when she used to receive government assistance.
“These are our family. The animals are family members too no matter what. It was only just $40 to get them vaccinated, and spayed, and fixed,” she said.
Cassandra is no longer on government assistance and while Texas House Bill 3806 would allow her to continue taking her pets to low costs clinics to receive sterilizations and vaccinations, she would need to go to a private veterinarian to receive other treatments such as heartworm prevention, flea control, or life-saving procedures.
Cassandra feels all services at low costs pet clinics should be available for everyone, “…It should be for people that aren’t on government assistance. Me and my husband can’t get government assistance right now, but with certain circumstances that just happened recently, getting a little bit of help is always nice.”
Pet care advocates say if ever made into law it could cause a negative domino effect.
Kimber Hopkins with Emily's Legacy Rescue said in a statement to News Channel 6: "It is not a good bill. It targets people who would have a hard time paying for normal shots, testing and some other services for pet owners. It may even affect rescues receiving low costs vetting, causing adoption fees to increase and more animals being surrendered to the city shelters."
Texoma Rep. Drew Springer who authored the bill said the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee will conduct an interim study of the bill this year.