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David Gonzalez, who serves as the city of Cotulla’s animal control officer under the supervision of the Streets & Parks Department, has earned his ACO license, having passed the state examination in Fort Worth. He has become the city’s first fully state-licensed animal control officer. Under the law, he is now able to issue citations to local citizens for animal-related violations within the city’s ordinances. Those citations will be forwarded to the municipal court for prosecution. Gonzalez makes regular addresses to the city council on the animals he has rescued and kenneled, collection of strays, and those he has transferred to the care of pet adoption or rescue services, as well as those he has had to euthanize. City ordinances related to animals include limits on the number of pets that may be kept by a household, a restriction on farm or ranch livestock kept inside city limits, rules on humane care for all animals, and the containment of animals on private property, all of which are also overseen by the city’s code enforcement officer. Gonzalez’ licensing represents the next in a series of steps by the city administration to increase enforcement of existing ordinances, improve living conditions in the city, eliminate hazards, reduce abusive or neglectful behavior towards animals, and maintain a healthy environment.
(CURRENT Photo: Marc Robertson)