South Bend Animal Care & Control code changes in effect August 1

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

There's some good news for animal lovers living in South Bend.

Starting August 1, there will no longer be a limit on how many pets you can have, as long as they are vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

The change is one of many approved by the South Bend Common Council as part of a major overhaul of the animal control code.

The new regulations encourage spaying and neutering pets, and providing licensing discounts to owners who do so.

In what is likely to be the most controversial new measure, pit bulls will no longer be singled out as "dangerous."

Dogs will no longer be evaluated on their breed, but instead on their behavior.

To read the entire "Responsible Animal and Pet Ownership Care and Control Regulations," visit

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