Coffee County - (10/14/08) - Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth of the Coffee County Sheriffs Department told commissioners Monday that the Alabama State Dept. of Agriculture will no longer be handling the countys animal control issues. Its back on us to investigate animal abuse cases, said Whitworth. We got a letter last week that said due to budget restrictions with the Dept. of Agriculture, the job is being passed down to us. Whitworth said the county has no official animal ordinance but has received about 20 livestock and domestic animal calls so far this year. He said the Sheriffs Departments new responsibilities could include everything from reports of starving horses to cracking down on puppy mills. Were on budget restrictions ourselves so its going to be a burden but were going to do the best we can with what weve got, said Whitworth, who acknowleged the issue is an emotional one for many residents. If they call us, well investigate to the best of our ability.
Huntsville - City Council voted unanimously Thursday (11/07-08) night to amend the animal cruelty laws on record to make them more clear to dog owners and easier for Animal Services to get a conviction. The newly amended ordinance requires owners to provide pets with a secure water bowl or container than can't be tipped over and must have appropriate food to maintain the dog's ideal weight. Cheap food (costing less than 20 cents per pound) does not provide good nutrition for animals. It also requires a large-enough shelter for a dog to get inside and turn around, have a floor, doorway, four sides, a roof and be clean and dry. Any dog on a chain must have at least 10 feet of movement that allows the dog to stay free of being tangled or wrapped around items in the dog's area. The ordinance now requires dogs to be free of intestinal parasites, skin parasites (fleas and mites) and heartworms. The new law that took effect immediately.
Tuscumbia - (10/20/08) - Tuscumbia officials now have more authority to handle complaints about vicious dogs after the council tonight approved an ordinance that defines such animals. A dog is considered vicious if it bites or attacks someone without adequate cause. It also applies to an animal that consistently chases, snaps or barks at people or other animals without reason.The ordinance also addresses confinement requirements, and requirements for walking an animal that is deemed vicious.
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Phoenix - (10/22/08) - The Phoenix City Council will soon vote on a proposed ordinance that would impose jail time or fines for those involved in the underground rodeo event of horse-tripping. Animal rights advocates compare the equestrian subculture to the bloody games of dog fighting or cockfighting. On Tuesday, the Phoenix Public Safety and Veterans subcommittee voted 2-1 to recommend an updated version of Councilwoman Thelda Williams' horse-tripping ordinance to the council. Sen. Chuck Gray, R-Mesa, unsuccessfully pushed for a statewide horse-tripping law, which would have made horse-tripping a Class 1 misdemeanor. Williams, an animal rights advocate who once supervised the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office animal cruelty unit, said she would like to see the Phoenix city ordinance "on the books" before a statewide expansion. UPDATE: (11/15/08) - City Council members on Wednesday approved an ordinance that makes roping or tripping equine animals for the purpose of entertainment a misdemeanor punishable by jail time or fines.
Yuma - (10/19/08) - Yuma County supervisors want further review of a proposed amendment of a county ordinance that could change some pet violations from civil to criminal offenses. The board decided that the issue needed additional discussion, and moved to gather more information on the proposed change before holding a public hearing on it. The proposed change would affect ordinances that govern the restraint of animals and barking dogs in the county's unincorporated areas. Yuma County Attorney Jon R. Smith says the change means some pet violation offenses would be amended to become criminal offenses instead of civil violations. UPDATE: (10/21/08) - a Page 1 story in Tuesday's edition incorrectly reported that the Yuma County Board of Supervisors was considering changing the penalties and offenses of pet ordinances from civil to criminal. The offenses would become civil instead of criminal. The board also moved to hold a public hearing on the matter, though that date has not yet been set. UPDATE: (11/15/08) - The Yuma County Board of Supervisors will canvass results of the Nov. 4 general election during its meeting Monday morning. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at 198 S. Main St. Also Monday, the board will hold a public hearing on a proposed animal control ordinance. The new ordinance would combine two existing ordinances that prohibit dogs running at large and unrestrained barking of dogs. According to the ordinance, at large means the dog is neither confined by an enclosure nor physically restrained by a leash within the unincorporated areas of the county. In addition, the ordinance prohibits letting a dog disturb the peace and quiet of others by "frequent or habitual barking, howling or yelping." Violators could be subject to civil fines of from $50 to $500. Animal abuse will remain a criminal offense. The new ordinance also will have provisions governing biting and vicious dogs, licensing and tags and impoundment.
De Queen - City Council recently approved an ordinance banning pit bull dogs within the city limits of De Queen, Ark on Nov. 4. Ordinance 949 prohibits keeping pit bull breeds in the city.
Gillett - (10/22/08) - Residents complained about dogs and fireworks last Tuesday at the Gillett City Council meeting. Despite Gilletts leash ordinance, several dogs were seen unattended throughout the city including on the elementary and high school campus. Loose dogs are responsible for many disturbances, property destruction, and trash displacement. Gilletts council will invite Animal Control officer Michelle Martin to the next meeting to discuss solutions. Meanwhile, residents with loose dogs may be cited for violating the leash ordinance.
Walnut Ridge - Lawrence County - (10/22/08) - The Walnut Ridge City Council passed new ordinances that will allow them to better control animals within the city limits. The city's old animal control ordinance had several things added to it to form the new ordinance they passed on Oct. 14. The ordinance makes it unlawful for anyone to keep more than four dogs over six months old within the city limits, excluding veterinarians or animal hospitals. All dogs from two months of age must be vaccinated at least once a year for rabies, they must be kept confined within a fence or enclosure or within a house, garage or other building or chained or leashed to prevent the dog from running at large. The conditions of pens and premises must be kept clean and without odors that will disturb their neighbors, and they may not disturb the peace and quiet of the city by barking or making other noises that are disturbing to the public. It is also against the law to permit any dangerous or vicious animal of any kind to run at large in the city. Dogs must also have the name, address and phone number attached to their collar or harness. No dogs will be allowed to run at large. Any dog without a tag picked up by a police or animal control officer will be considered a stray or abandoned dog and may be humanely destroyed if not claimed by its owner within five days. Dog owners have three months from the date of the ordinance to find new quartering for their dogs if they presently own four or more.
Lancaster - City Council seems set on approving city ordinances that specifically target pit bulls and Rottweilers. Maximum penalty for a violation of this section of the law on a first offense is a $1,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment. Owners whose dogs have been deemed "dangerous" must carry $300,000 of liability insurance, and post signs on the front and back of their house that cautions folks of a "dangerous" dog. The animal must have a tag with that same warning on its collar.
Monterey County - (10/23/08) - The Monterey County Board of Supervisors has asked the county Animal Control Advisory Committee to review an ordinance that would assure basic protections for animals visiting the county in entertainment venues such as circuses. The effort comes as Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus faces allegations of animal abuse in a landmark federal trial set to open in the District of Columbia on Monday. The circus faces the first federal lawsuit of its kind under the Endangered Species Act, for abusing endangered Asian elephants. (see Vienna, Va. for Trial update)
Santa Barbara - (11/13/08) - Due to the Tea Fire in Santa Barbara County, evacuations, major
life disruptions, and the uncertainty of the next few days we will be cancelling the November 19 Spay/Neuter Task Force Meeting. We will plan on resuming the Task Force meetings on December 3, 2008. Agenda and location information will be sent prior to the December 3 meeting.
South Lake Tahoe - (10/22/08) - The South Lake Tahoe City Council decided Tuesday (10/21/08) to craft an ordinance to ban the retail sale of dogs from so-called puppy mills, a move that could be a first among California cities. The ordinance would regulate the sale of dogs from retail stores in the city through the business-license process. In order for such a store to receive a permit, it would need to prove that its dogs are obtained from sources that aren't puppy mills. A retailer found to knowingly sell puppy-mill dogs could lose its business license. The council voted unanimously to have the city attorney draft the ordinance and to report back in December. UPDATE: (11/3/08) - Development of a South Lake Tahoe city ordinance to prevent the sale of puppies bred in so-called puppy mills has the potential to be both challenging and one-of-a-kind. On Oct. 21, the City Council voted unanimously to draft an ordinance regulating the sale of dogs from retail stores in the city through the business-license process. Last year, Brick Township, N.J., passed a code preventing the sale of all cats and dogs in pet shops, according to Kathleen Summers, deputy director of the Stop Puppy Mills campaign for the Humane Society of the United States. A complete ban similar to the Brick Township regulation could be easier to enforce than an ordinance that tries to single out dogs bred in puppy mills, Summers said.
The ordinance may not have the word puppy mill in it; we dont know yet, because that may trip up want we want to do, Armstrong said. Officials from Los Angeles and San Francisco have indicated theyre watching development of the South Lake Tahoe ordinance as a potential model, Armstrong said.
Yucca Valley - (11/17/08) - Each owner of dogs should receive a copy of the Town of Yucca Valleys Ordinance No. 138. It defines and sets a process for handling excessive barking dog noise. Any animal or animals that unreasonably annoy humans, or substantially interfere with the rights of citizens, other than their owners, to enjoyment of life or property is defined under public nuisance animals (Section 10.02.010 (t) of Ordinance No. 138). The term public nuisance animal (as it related to barking dogs) shall mean and include, but is not limited to, any animal that: Makes excessive disturbing noise including, but not limited to continued and repeated howling, barking, whining and other utterances continued over so long a period of time as to disturb the peace and quiet of nearby property or which would cause annoyance or discomfort to a reasonable person of normal sensitivity in the area.
Greeley - (11/12/08) - After months of failing to act on a public drive to allow dogs in Greeley parks, the city council now finds itself forced into a special election so voters can decide on an initiative presented by voters. The special election in February will cost the taxpayers $50,000. If the initiative passes, it could cost voters another $180,000. The initiative the council placed on the ballot, which was started by resident petition, would allow dogs in all Greeley parks, would set aside places in several parks to train dogs off leash, in addition to providing bags for owners to clean up after their canines. Now that its hand is forced, the city council has come up with a counter-proposal, and is considering also placing its proposed dog ordinance on the ballot. The second initiative generated by the council would cost about $12,500 and allow dogs in half the places the first initiative would without providing off-leash training areas.
Ouray - (10/17/08) -County officials approved an animal shelter management and service agreement Monday, as well as a revised ordinance for vaccination, control and impoundment of dogs.The resolution and ordinance approved at the BOCC's Oct. 13 meeting for the vaccination, control and impoundment of dogs replaces those adopted in August 2001 and June 1997. The new ordinance also sets impoundment fees at $50 per dog with additional costs of $20 for processing, $15 or $20 per day for boarding, and $25 for after-hours handling and processing by SCHS staff. Violation is considered a Class 2 petty offense with fines set at no less than $50 and not more than $100 for the first offense, between $101-$150 for the second, and between $151-$1,000 for the third and any subsequent offense, or both a fine and imprisonment (owner, not the dog) for not more than 90 days.
Canterbury - (11/14/08) - The Board of Finance has rejected a request for an additional $5,000 to reopen the town dog pound, effectively killing a proposed ordinance on the subject. The board's decision brings an end to a proposed ordinance which would have given voters the choice between reopening the local dog pound or remaining with a regional service provided by the Northeast Connecticut Council of Governments. The denied funds, plus a refund from the regional service would have paid for the local pound from Jan. to June, if voters had approved it.
Darien - (10/16/08) - A new ordinance on penalties for having unleashed dogs or taking dogs to town parks or beaches has been discussed recently at several of the town meetings, including the RTM Rules Committee and the Board of Selectmen meetings. According to Connecticut state law, all dogs must be "under the control" of their owner, but the law doesn't specify exactly what controlling the dog constitutes. It is up to the individual town to create leash ordinances, which is the issue the RTM is deciding upon. This proposed new ordinance must come before several committees before it is approved. The Parks and Recreation Commission, RTM and the Public Health and Safety Committee have all discussed the ordinance, according to Karen Amour, RTM moderator.
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Dewey Beach - (10/21/08) -
Littering on the beach, sleeping in a car or not cleaning up after a dog could all result in a criminal record for violators in Dewey Beach. Under a new proposal, that could all change. The town is considering changing just under a dozen laws from criminal to civil, according to Mayor Dell Tush. Violators could be arrested, finger printed and required to pose for a mugshot under the existing rules.
Salisbury - Wicomico County - (10/22/08) - Wicomico County Council members reviewed a law Tuesday that would curtail the behavior of dangerous dogs and improve the standards of animal care. The dog law sets up an Animal Appeal Board that can rule on euthanizing a dog after one violent attack. The board can also impound a barking dog at the owner's cost if it is deemed a "public nuisance." The law also states that dogs must have access to clean drinking water, shelter from weather and proper veterinary care. Dogs cannot be left unattended in an automobile without proper ventilation or be kept in cramped quarters or an area with feces. The law also states that no chains or ropes can be used for collars. In reviewing the law during Tuesday's (10/21/08) meeting, council members softened some of the language in the law, including an increase in the number of days the county Humane Society must hold an impounded dog from six to 10. A public hearing on the law is set for Nov. 12, meaning that any part of the law can change before a final vote.
Neptune Beach - (10/18/08) - In an issue that has drawn the attention of pet lovers and others from throughout the Beaches area, the Neptune Beach City Council will review a proposed ordinance Monday that would let people bring their dogs to outdoor seating areas at restaurants. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 116 First St. While the Atlantic Beach City Commission approved a similar ordinance Oct. 13, the Neptune Beach council has been postponing action on the issue for a month. Monday's meeting is a workshop, where no votes can be taken. The proposed Neptune Beach ordinance and the Atlantic Beach measure are aimed at keeping visitors happy in the Town Center shopping area, where many people walk their dogs. If the Neptune Beach Council agrees to proceed on the measure, they would consider the ordinance at their Nov. 3 regular meeting.
Decatur County - (10/17/08) -Decatur County Commissioners have adopted a comprehensive animal control ordinance that will take effect in 90 days. At their Tuesday morning meeting, commissioners approved the final draft of an ordinance that will hold caretakers responsible for animals' welfare and actions and require their vaccination and registration with the county government. When the ordinance takes effect in 90 days, anyone residing in unincorporated Decatur County who owns a dog, cat or ferret will have to obtain a registration tag from county officials and show proof that their pet has an up-to-date rabies vaccination. County Administrator Tom Patton said specific registration procedures will be advertised through the media before the ordinance takes effect.The ordinance also requires owners of dogs not employed in hunting to be confined to their property unless they are under control of the owner.The ordinance also contains a number of sections related to the humane treatment of animals.
Perhaps most significantly, the ordinance defines procedures for the classification of dogs as potentially dangerous, dangerous or vicious and sets requirements for each type of dog, including enclosures, muzzles and other appropriate forms of restraint. Read the ordinance here.
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Boise - (10/18/08) -The U.S. Humane Society stopped in Boise Saturday to talk about Idahos laws concerning animals and what residents can do to strengthen penalties. Dozens of people showed up to find out what they can do to stop animal cruelty. The Humane Society says it starts with stricter laws. Spokeswoman Kelley Dupps says they are hoping to make animal cruelty in Idaho a felony. It is currently a misdemeanor under Idaho law. Dupps met with groups in Twin Falls and Boise this week to talk with residents about how they can help at a local level. She says in Idaho the laws need to reflect the magnitude of the crime when it comes to animal cruelty. She says these topics will be discussed once the Idaho Legislature reconvenes in 2009.
Canton - (10/15/08) - Canton officials recommended Tuesday two sections of the 20-year-old city ordinance on vicious dogs be repealed and more comprehensive revisions made later. About two dozen people attended the meeting of the city council's Clerical Committees, who were interested in changing the ordinance on vicious dogs. Alderman Dave Nidiffer, chairman of the Legal and Ordinance Committee, said officials had learned elements of the ordinance may be unconstitutional. City Attorney Chrissie Peterson said due diligence was exercised in reviewing and researching the matter with regard to state law, the Illinois Municipal League and similar ordinances in other communities. She said Section 5 of the local ordinance, defining certain breeds as vicious dogs, should be repealed. Citations for violating that section of the ordinance will not be enforced, and anyone who has received such a citation will not have to appear in court.Aldermen voted to recommend council repeal both sections 5 and 2. Peterson said other language in the ordinance should undergo comprehensive changes later.
Hampshire - (11/9/08) - The village board may revise its ordinance cracking down on buried electronic dog-control fences after representatives of Invisible Fence Inc. told the board's public safety committee Thursday that the law is based on a misunderstanding of how such fences work. On Sept. 11, the board voted that such fences, which use a radio signal and sensor collars to deliver an electric shock to a dog or cat who gets too near the fence line, must be buried at least 5 feet from an owner's property line or an adjoining right-of-way. If a home's side yard is less than 5 feet wide, the fence could be buried right on the lot line. But Joyce Brennan, owner of Invisible Fence's Dundee-McHenry area dealership, pointed out Thursday that "where the wire goes is not where the dog is controlled to." So if the new ordinance requires the wire to be at least 5 feet from the sidewalk or property line, the dog could get no closer than 9 to 11 feet. In fact, if the wire were too close to a house, the signal could even begin shocking the dog while it is inside the house but close to an outside wall, Brennan said.
LaSalle County - (11/14/08) - The LaSalle County Animal Control committee is considering a higher license fee for unsterilized dogs.
Stanford - (10/18/08) -A newly enacted ordinance limits homes to four cats and/or dogs. The ordinance, which was enacted by a split vote of the Village Board last month, gave residents 90 days to comply. Allowing residents already over the limit to keep their pets under some sort of grandfather clause might be possible. Although the matter was raised at a Village Board meeting Thursday night and residents were there to discuss it, no action was taken because the topic wasnt listed as on the agenda as an action item, Knobloch said. It could come up again at the boards November meeting.The limit of four dogs and/or cats does not apply when a dog or cat has a litter. In that case, puppies and kittens that exceed the limit may remain for no more than six months. The ordinance also specifies that any animal waste must be be removed within 24 hours.
(10/22/08) - The Humane Society of the United States is calling on Indiana to strengthen its animal cruelty laws following the decision of an Indiana prosecutor to not file changes against the operator of a suspected puppy mill.
Cambridge City - (11/9/08 - Town council will consider a proposed animal control ordinance when it meets Monday. Some town council members said Friday that a proposed ordinance provided to them recently by the town attorney included a requirement that all animals over six months old in town be sterilized. However, they said they have asked him to revise it to be less restrictive. Council member Mark McCarty said some pet owners have expressed concerns about such a requirement and council members agree that the ordinance should be modified so that it doesn't affect responsible pet owners who keep their pets in their own yard or home. Council president Mick Fowler said council primarily is trying to address the problem of stray cats in town. Council has discussed limiting the number of pets homeowners can have to six. Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the city building, 127 N. Foote Street.
Muncie - (11/12/08) - For months, the advisory group to the Muncie Animal Shelter known as the Animal Care Commission has wondered about talks of merging city and county animal control. Comprised of four veterinarians and one former city council member, the commission, created by municipal ordinance in 2005, this week learned its likely fate and was asked to endorse that fate: elimination. In the dark until now, members were updated by the deputy mayor, the president of the county commissioners and the woman who will preside over the private organization meant to take over animal control countywide. Kathie Onieal, local pet business owner and investment counselor, presides over a new Humane Society -- yet another county animal rescue nonprofit, but one seen by both city and county officials as key to a long-standing problem: the city's costly ($450,000 per year) service and the county's marginal animal-care efforts.
Terre Haute - (10/16/08) - Local current events came into play as one audience member asked the candidates if they would support legislation to regulate breeding facilities, including inspections. As an emotional issue, Cummins said it can be difficult to deal with. He said he would support legislation as long as business owners property rights were respected because agriculture and animal husbandry is big business in Indiana. People who were at the scene in Sullivan County last week called Tincher explaining the horrible conditions the animals were in, he said. As a result, he said hes gathering information and looking to draft a bill that will regulate puppy mills to have sanitary and humane conditions.
Union City - (11/12/08) - Union City, Ind. council members discussed aspects of the proposed pet ordinance and made suggestions for revisions. The ordinance is scheduled for first reading at the next council meeting. The next regularly-scheduled Union City, Ind. council meeting is set for 6 p.m., Monday, November 24. However, a special council meeting has been called for 5 p.m., Friday, November 14.
Clarinda - (10/17/08) -On Thursday night, Oct. 9, the City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance making pet owners responsible for the sanitation of their animals. The ordinance considered by the City Council relating to the sanitation of animals is intended to ensure pet owners clean-up after their pets. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said violation of the ordinance would be a simple misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $500 or 30 days in jail.
Clear Lake - (10/21/08) - The Clear Lake City Council is considering a crackdown on dangerous animals. On Monday the council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a new chapter in the city's municipal code specifically dealing with dangerous animals. Previously it was part of the city's animal protection and control ordinance. Under the proposal, an animal would be deemed vicious if it attacks, bites or claws any person without provocation while at large or while unable to be controlled or restrained by its owner. City Administrator Scott Flory says putting the rules into an ordinance gives police guidelines on how to deal with dangerous animals and the authority to take action when necessary. The ordinance is pending final council approval.
LeMars - (11/5/08) - The reality of licenses for Le Mars dogs and cats moved a step closer Tuesday as members of the Le Mars City Council, voted 4-1, to give first reading approval for a pet licensing ordinance. The new ordinance as written will require the annual licensing of all dogs and cats age 6 months or more by a local veterinarian with proof of current vaccinations required. Fees will be set annually as part of the council's fee resolution action each January. From each licensing fee $1 will be given to the licensing veterinarian. The new licensing ordinance must come before the council for its second and third readings before approval. If it is passed on its third reading, the licensing ordinance will become effective Jan. 1, 2009.
Kansas City - (10/17/08) -Upset dog owners in Kansas City, Kan., confronted the city on Monday about a dog ordinance they think is unfair. They said the current ordinance focuses too much on the breed of the dog and not on the behavior. The pet owners said dogs are being confiscated because they look like pit bulls. One woman said she had DNA tests to prove her dog was not a pit bull, and she still couldn't have the dog living in the city. City Council members said they plan to take the dog owners' concerns into consideration, and will look at other city ordinances before making a final decision on whether to make changes.
Wichita - (11/14/08) - The city formed a committee to study the issue after a story in March expressed concern from some dog owners that yearly rabies vaccinations may be unnecessary and even harmful to pets. The committee, made up of veterinarians, animal care experts and public health officials, met in July to discuss whether the ordinance should be changed. The city, working with Wichita State University and the Wichita Veterinary Medical Association, prepared a two-page survey to find out how the majority of area veterinarians stand on the issue. After reviewing the survey results, environmental services will prepare a recommendation that it will present to the City Council in December, Johnson said. Any proposed revisions will be presented before District Advisory Boards so people can comment on them before a council vote, Johnson said.
Louisville - (11/14/08) - URGENT NOTICE: For those living in Louisville, KY: Metro Animal Services now has in place a Task Force which is operating under color of law, illegally seizing
animals. A member of the Task Force contacts people who have advertised puppies or kittens in the Courier-Journal, on www.Louisville-pets.com, LouisvilleMojo.com, or craigslist.com (and possibly other sites). This member, a Louisville Metro Animal Control Officer, poses as a puppy buyer, and when granted access to the property in that guise, does an inspection. Then, immediately upon leaving the property, the ACO signals to the other members of the Task Force (which inexplicably include Louisville Metro Police Officers), who then arrive on the doorstep demanding entry and
threatening to seize the animals. Up to this point, ACOs have been granted access and animals have been seized. Those animals are not returned to the owner without extortionate fines (well over $300 per animal), and penalties including spaying/neutering of the parents and vaccinations of the puppies regardless of age. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THIS SITUATION: Do not panic! REFUSE ENTRY to police
and ACOs alike UNTIL A SEARCH WARRANT IS PRODUCED, describing your property and the probable cause upon which the warrant is based, and signed by a judge. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY! (report provided by [email protected] )
Providence - Webster County - (11/15/08) - Webster County officials are working on an updated dog ordinance, hoping to protect the public from so-called "vicious breeds." Specifically, they're proposing stricter regulations for pit bull owners. Under the proposed ordinance, owners of pit bulls or other dogs considered vicious would need an extra high insurance policy of at least $100,000 to cover potential damages. None of the county officials involved in the ordinance were available for interview but they did say the regulation is meant to keep dog owners more responsible. The second and final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for November 24th.
Springhill - (10/22/08) -A warning has gone out to dog owners in the north Louisiana city of Springhill. Last week, some Springhill residents were notified by letter form the local postmaster that dangerous dogs were creating a problem for mail carriers, and that the problem could lead to interruption of mail service. Mayor Carroll Breaux says three dogs have been taken off the streets. And Breaux is warning residents that the city will enforce its law against dogs running loose.
Welsh - Board of Aldermen here may amend the existing pit bull ban to include all similar, "vicious" dogs, considering a possible Doberman Pinscher ban.
Augusta - (10/14/08) -Breeders and dog aficionados across the state are saying their voices are not being heard by state Animal Welfare Division Director Norma Worley, whom they describe as being too aggressive and failing to work with local dog rescue groups and private shelters. They point to a budget overdrawn by $660,000 as proof that she is too heavy-handed, seizing hundreds of animals that need to be medically treated and supported by taxpayers, rather than working with the affected kennels. Worley's solution to the financial crisis in her department is to raise dramatically the cost of dog licenses, kennel permit fees and breeding licenses. She said she is submitting legislation this winter that would raise the fees for licenses and permits to help repay operating funds that her division has borrowed from the state Department of Agriculture pesticides division. It must be paid back by next summer. Her proposal includes raising pet licenses from $11 to $20 for fertile dogs, and from $6 to $10 for spayed and neutered dogs. Although she also has proposed doubling the fee for boarding kennel licenses from $75 to $150, she called that a place holder. The draft bill also redefines pet shops and doubles their license fees and grants sweeping powers of seizure to animal welfare agents, including not requiring them to get warrants before entering private property to take animals.
South Portland - (11/12/08) - Using no-nonsense terms, South Portland city councilors discussed tougher laws for dogs on Willard Beach, including increasing beach patrols, issuing fines and banning unruly dogs from the city's popular beach.
Salisbury - Dog owners who fear Fido might bite or that he might bark incessantly should take notice of a law designed to curtail his deviant behavior. Wicomico County Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a "dangerous dogs" proposal. The law would set up an Animal Appeal Board that can rule on euthanizing a dog after just one violent attack and impound a barking dog if it is deemed a severe "public nuisance." Dogs must have clean drinking water, shelter from inclement weather and proper veterinary care, the law states. Owners can't leave a dog unattended in an automobile without ventilation on a hot, summer day. Owners must provide their dog with uncramped living quarters and keep the area free of a buildup of feces. The law also states that no chains or ropes can be used as collars.
HB5092 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Review and Make Recommendations Regarding the Regulation of Dog and Cat Breeding Facilities http://www.mass.gov/legis/185history/h05092.htm Today (10-23-08) the Massachusetts Legislatures Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government decided to send House Bill 5092 to study, which effectively ends the consideration of this onerous bill for the remainder of the current legislative session.
Brockton - (10/14/08) - Bridgewater is not alone. Across the region, in Brockton, Middleboro, Raynham and elsewhere, communities are losing thousands of dollars in uncollected dog license fees and late fines at a time when they face a budget crunch that is getting worse as the Wall Street mess trickles down to Main Street. Communities need every dollar they can get, but lenient policies or inadequate manpower to enforce them make it mighty difficult to go after dog-license scofflaws, officials say. Theres no teeth to the law, Middleboro Town Clerk Eileen Gates said about her towns dog-license policy.
Essex - (11/5/08) - Residents in Essex decided to adopt new dog control laws during Monday night's special Town Meeting. Article 11, which proposed placing more controls on dogs roaming at large, eventually passed, but not before discussion and some amending.
Haverhill - (11/3/08) - The public will have its chance to weigh in Thursday on a proposal by the mayor to open up a city-owned trail along Plug Pond and through the woods for dog owners to walk their pets unrestrained by a leash. What: City Council hearing on the mayor's proposed dog trail When: Thursday, 7 p.m. 11/6/08 Where: Room 204, City Hall What's after hearing: Council will vote on the plan after getting public input
Salisbury - (10/22/08) - A pit bull owner must go before selectmen after Animal Control Officer Harold Congdon brought complaints to the board, and the town may consider overhauling its dog ordinance entirely after two other reports of pit bull problems in town.
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Northfield - (10/21/08) - Theres no Northfield ordinance or statue for dangerous or potentially dangerous animals. The city doesnt have a way to identify dangerous animals or a method for pet owners to challenge such a ruling. Northfield's ordinances regarding dangerous dogs are fairly lax compared to those of other Minnesota cities. Faribault, Shakopee, Brooklyn Park and Minnetonka all have pages-long ordinances guiding how dangerous dogs are dealt with. In Brooklyn Park, dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs must be registered annually and photographed. Anyone who keeps a dangerous dog in the Hennepin County city must keep it securely confined and restrained and have it implanted with a microchip to help identify it. Brooklyn Park also allows for forced sterilization of dangerous dogs, their removal and destruction. Faribault ordinances provide for dealing with vicious dogs, which they define as an animal that has inflicted multiple bites on a person or which has bitten more than one person at least once. Vicious animals are illegal in Faribault and by law, must be impounded. Morisette, the citys prosecutor, said it shouldnt take long before the citys ordinance is revised. He believes he can cobble together a city council resolution giving the police chief authority to designate dangerous and potentially dangerous animals. If all goes well, said Morisette, the council could approve a resolution by years end.
Columbus - (10/22/08) - Columbus pet owners will not be required to register their dogs and pay a registration fee, but pets who roam outdoors must wear identification tags, according to a new animal control ordinance passed Tuesday by the Columbus City Council. Additionally, while the ordinance prohibits the tethering of dogs to inanimate objects, the ordinance does allow for a dog to be temporarily tethered, if the owner is within 20-feet of the animal. The new ordinance also requires pets to wear tags from a veterinarian specifying they have been vaccinated, especially against rabies. The council issued initial approval of the ordinance Tuesday (10/21/08) night; the council will be asked to approve the ordinance for adoption in 30 days or more. The ordinance can be found on the citys Web site here.
Jackson - (11/5/08) - The Jackson City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposed dog ordinance Tuesday (11/11/08). They are scheduled to meet at City Hall at 10 a.m. The ordinance would ban pit bulls and other dogs considered dangerous from living in the city limits. The council is also considering limiting the number of dogs per household. UPDATE: (11/14/08) - The Jackson, Mississippi city council will be discussing at its next regular council meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, a dangerous and potentially dangerous dog ordinance that would ban specific breeds from the city of Jackson. The ordinance was proposed by City Councilman Jeff Weill, and would ban pit bulls and several related dogs. For city council contact information, click HERE.
Columbia - (11/14/08) - An ordinance that could raise fees for people whose unspayed or unneutered animals are impounded by Animal Control was discussed Thursday night at the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health meeting.The proposed ordinance would implement an impoundment fee of $150 for each animal that is not spayed or neutered. Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of renewing the city's contract with the Humane Society. If the contract is not renewed in 2009, other ordinances will need to be updated, too. The board also discussed the role of the city and county in animal welfare services. Health department staff will discuss and modify the proposed ordinances at the next Board of Health meeting, which will be Dec. 11.
Joplin - City Council members on Monday (10/27/08) will look at health-board recommendations that would change Joplins animal ordinances to try to reduce the risks of dog bites. The Joplin Health Departments advisory board was asked several months ago by the council to study ordinances that would make the city safer and to report back to the council, said Dan Pekarek, health director. The health boards efforts included examining breed-specific legislation that bans breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers.
Park Hills - (11/16/08) -Park Hills City Council officially banned housing of mountain lions within city limits Thursday night. The same goes for lions, tigers, bears and 17 other wild animals. The amended animal regulations ordinance also prevents city residents from having a leopard, ocelot, jaguar, jaguarondi, cheetah, margay, Canada lynx, bobcat, panther, hyena, wolf, coyote, fox, wild cat, wolf hybrid, nonhuman primate, or any deadly dangerous or poisonous reptile. Boa constrictors and pythons less than eight feet long are exempt from the new provision, as are events where a special permit has been issued by the city for entertainment purposes. The amendment passed 6-0, with Ward I Councilman Mike Glore and Ward IV Councilman Terry Barnett absent.
Pilot Grove - (11/10/08) - A violent dog ordinance is now in effect in Pilot Grove, Missouri after the council's unanimous approval at last Wednesday's meeting (11/05/08). Under the new ordinance, there are options for what could happen to an animal that bites or injures a person, including impoundment or humane euthanasia. The ordinance also reinforces the provisions for keeping a vicious dog in city limits. The eight restricted breeds in Pilot Grove, MO: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow Chow, Chinesischer Kampfhund (Chinese Shar Pei) To find out more about the ordinance, including what breeds are considered vicious, contact Pilot Grove City Hall at 660-834-3551 or the police department at 660-834-4300.
Springfield - City Council backed down from recent attempts to pass a city law where dogs who may become pregnant would require a permit and to have a litter would be assessed an additional fee of $100.00.
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Omaha - (10/13/08) -City leaders called the package comprehensive; a new set of laws to track down and punish irresponsible dog owners, while at the same time keeping the public safe. But days before most of the changes take effect, many people still have a lot of questions and concerns. Starting Wednesday, the Nebraska Humane Society will have the power to take someone's pets away if they violate city code three times in two years. Owners of dogs designated "potentially dangerous" will also have lots of new rules to follow. Owners will also no longer be allowed to tie their dogs up outside alone for more than 15 minutes.The most controversial change is still the muzzle requirement for pit bulls and other bully breeds, though that law doesn't go into effect until January. To see a list of the new ordinances and how they could affect you, visit http://www.nehumanesociety.org UPDATE: (10/15/08)- The city's new dog ordinance kicked in Wednesday and someone was already busted.The Humane Society captured a pitbull who broke free from his chain.It's owner was not home when it broke free and will be fined. It didn't take Action 3 News long to find a dog and two pitbulls tied up in a back yard with no fence. This time their owner was home. The law says the dogs can't be tied up longer than 15 minutes by themselves. "I don't think it's fair. My dogs will stay on the leash," said Wendy Dennis. "They can give me a ticket. I'll pay the fine, but my dogs aren't coming inside. They are staying out of my house!" Those cited can face up to a $500 fine or 6 months in jail. On October 22nd at 6:30, the Humane Society is hosting a question and answer session with the community dealing with the new ordinance.
Omaha - (11/15/08) -After a series of dog attacks, the Omaha City Council in September approved restrictions for pit bulls and dogs that display aggressive behavior. Most of the rules for pit bulls don't take effect until January, while the dangerous dog rules went into effect last month. Sadie, a 3-year-old pit bull and black lab mix, passed a 10-step behavioral test administered by the Nebraska Humane Society. The test included meeting a group of strangers, dealing with a loud noise and taking commands. The behavioral test costs $50 and must be taken annually, said Pam Wiese, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society. There also is a one-time $25 filing fee. Owners whose dogs fail the test can retake it once for free. Sadie will receive a special "breed ambassador'' vest telling residents that she passed the test and doesn't have to be muzzled. She will get the vest later this month after Fruge attends a class for responsible pet ownership. The class costs $10 and has to be taken only once. Owners still need to leash and harness their pit bulls in public. Owners also must obtain $100,000 in liability insurance. Pit bull owners may call 444-7800, extension 220, to set
up a good behavior test.
Sarpy County - declines dog law changes (10/15/08). Officials are watching Omaha's dangerous dog ordinance before it decides if it will tackle its own dangerous dog ordinance
Clark County - (11/14/08) - Clark County animal control proponents want a law requiring pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs and fines for those who fail to do so. Following on the heels of a law to sterilize feral cats, the County Commission soon will be asked to pass a law that would prohibit residents of unincorporated Clark County from owning a dog or cat that hasn't been sterilized unless the owner has a pet fancier permit or has a medical exemption from a veterinarian. If a litter is born without this permit, animal control would take the puppies or kittens along with the mother. The ordinance also would require spaying or neutering as young as 3 months old. The Silver State Kennel Club, a member of the American Kennel Club, is circulating a petition to stop the proposal because the animals could be at risk for a variety of health problems when sterilized that young.
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Allentown - (10/23/08) - Pet owners in the borough must make sure their dogs and cats are licensed or face stiff penalties if ordinances introduced at the Oct. 15 council meeting are approved later this month. According to the proposed ordinances, if a dog or cat is not licensed and registered by June 15 of each year, then a summons shall be issued to the owner for each violation. The summons, signed by the borough's police department, would also go on file with the municipal court. A public hearing on the ordinances will be held at during the Oct. 28 Borough Council meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. in the Borough Hall.
Freehold - (update 10/29/08) Borough Council approves restricting the number of animals in one residence to five dogs and/or cats over the age of 2 months in any combination in or upon any residential or commercial property.
Bernalillo County - (10/17/08) - It's been fifteen months in the making, but Bernalillo County is finally ready to overhaul its animal control ordinance. The regulations, up for adoption in mid-November, would expand the language defining animal cruelty, offer a reduced license fee for pet owners who get their animals spayed or neutered and ban chaining of dogs -- unless the leash is on a trolley system. But critics say the new ordinance doesn't go far enough. It's less stringent, for example, than what the city of Albuquerque requires. The county has held eight public meetings since June last year and substantially revised the ordinance to reflect public comment. County commissioners will consider adopting the ordinance next month. Summary: Expands language for animal cruelty, allowing people to be cited for basic acts of negligence or failure to provide emergency care. Bans "direct-point" chaining, but allows dogs to be chained to a trolley or tether system. (The city allows chaining for only an hour a day.) Requires pets to have permanent identification, such as a microchip, tattoo or collar with ID tag. Makes no changes for "backyard breeders" who sell animals, except that they can't sell the pets from a Wal-Mart or similar location. Violating the ordinance can result in a fine of up to $300 and/or 90 days in jail. Applies primarily to companion animals, such as dogs and cats, in unincorporated Bernalillo County.
Clovis - The nine-member task force came up with recommendations during its Sept. 10 meeting that included implementing a pet-licensing program, spay and neutering requirements and changing the city's method of euthanasia to lethal injection. Governor Richardson has agreed to give Clovis $100,000 over two years if the city switches to lethal injection. Task force member Chase Gentry will present to the city commission a recommendation to implement a pet registration program. The revenue generated from the proposed $5 and $10 licensing fees would help fund the animal shelter's transition as well
Torrance County - (11/3/08) - Torrance County Commission is proposing new dog ordinances which can be read here. It is 21 pages and includes tethering, permitting, intact animals, dangerous dogs, animal limits per acre, breeding permit (one litter per year) and animal cruelty to include "working" animals. Torrance County Commission is required to hold one public hearing
before adopting any proposed ordinance. That public meeting will be on December 10th at 9 AM. You can go to the Torrance County web site for contact information by clicking HERE.
Gloversville - (10/29/08) -The Common Council will work with a local animal organization to revise Councilwoman Ellen Anadio's proposed cat registration law, the council decided Tuesday. Anadio's proposal would require every pet cat in the city to be registered, for a fee. It would establish a limit of four cats per household and give the city's animal control officer the authority to capture stray cats.
McDowell - (10/18/08) -County officials will take another look at the animal control ordinance for McDowell. When they are done, more rules could be in place that would better protect animals from cruelty and mistreatment. At the regular Monday meeting, the McDowell County Commissioners agreed to ask the county's Planning Board to review the existing animal control ordinance, which was adopted in 1999. The existing ordinance covers how animals can be adopted at the shelter. The commissioners agreed to let the Planning Board review the animal ordinance and come back later with a recommendation. The Planning Board will next meet on Monday, Oct. 20. UPDATE: (10/21/08) - Local advocates for animals have drafted an animal control ordinance for the county. The draft was presented to the County Commission this month. The commissioners referred it to their planning board, who will meet next week.
Orange County - (11/9/08) - The Orange County commissioners are ready to limit how long you can tie up your dog. The board voted 4-1 Thursday night to limit tethering to three hours in a 24-hour period. The change in the county's animal control ordinance will have to be voted on again Nov. 18 because it was not unanimous. After two years of debate, the issue appears almost over. More than a dozen supporters cheered and applauded the vote. A group of opponents sat silently. "Orange County is clearly ready to change," said Suzanne Roy of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, linking the vote to Barack Obama's victory two nights earlier. "It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it," she said. View the revised ordinance here.
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Avon Lake - (11/13/08) - City Council is reviewing an ordinance to allow only breed specific dogs to live in the community. The possible change would prohibit vicious dogs such as pit bulls from being owned by residents, according to Mayor Karl Zuber. A safety committee meeting will be held to discuss the issue in more detail.
Muskingum County - (11/3/08) - Two upcoming meetings will be of interest to area livestock producers. The first will be an informational meeting on Ohio Dog Laws at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Pleasant Grove UMC east of Zanesville. There are occasionally incidents between dogs and livestock. In particular, shepherds cite loose dogs as one of their biggest obstacles in raising sheep. The resource person for the program will be Nan Still, Director of Agricultural Law for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The dog law program is sponsored by OSU Extension and Muskingum County Farm Bureau. The meeting is open to the public. Reservations are not required. The second meeting will be on livestock mortality composting. This program will teach how to dispose of dead livestock in a safe, odor-free and economical manner. In order to be legally certified to compost livestock mortality, one must complete a class. This program will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the OSU Extension, Muskingum County Office, 225 Underwood Street in Zanesville.
Norman - (10/22/08) - The Animal Welfare Oversight Committee and the Norman Police Departments animal welfare division are proposing that ordinances dealing with animal welfare be updated and amended. Included in the proposed ordinance changes are that any feral or vicious dog or cat found running at large or impounded, because of its disposition or diseased condition, may be destroyed by an animal welfare officer with no waiting period. Another key provision of the amendments is prohibiting owners or person having control of a dog to allow it to defecate upon any sidewalk, public park, street, alley or other place open to the public or on private property without the permission of the owner thereof. Ward 7 councilmember Doug Cubberley asked about including cats that defecate outside in places like childrens sand boxes. The proposed ordinance changes would include limiting dogs to two per household if unaltered and four if spayed or neutered. Cats would be limited to three per household if not spayed or neutered and limited to five cats if altered. The amendments also would include that its unlawful for any person to leave any animal in any standing or parked vehicle without providing for adequate ventilation or allow an animal to be exposed to extreme temperature while confined in a vehicle. One meeting with local veterinarians is planned to get input and two public meetings for citizen input, before the amendments come back to city councilmembers.
Columbia County - Scappoose - (10/15/08) - Dog breeders, frustrated neighbors and a Scappoose pet shop owner were among those who packed a county meeting room last week to talk about the merits and drawbacks of a new county dog kennel ordinance being considered by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. If approved, the new ordinance would label any person in Columbia County who has 10 or more dogs a kennel operator and would require them to meet the new ordinance standards for animal care and facility maintenance. The new ordinance doesnt distinguish between noncommercial and commercial like the old dog kennel ordinance and sets a flat kennel license fee for people who have 10 or more dogs at $175. Another new provision includes new rules for onsite kennel inspections, giving kennel owners a two-hour warning of inspection if a complaint of animal neglect or abuse is lodged; and 48-hours notice before a regular inspection. Under the new ordinance, kennel owners would have an additional 48 hours to correct any infractions before getting a citation.the commissioners agreed to form another task force to address land-use issues for dog kennels in the county. Other counties have strict land-use regulations for kennel operators. In Washington County, for instance, dog kennels must be located on property larger than two acres. In Multnomah County there are setback requirements in place for dog kennels to help avoid neighbor conflicts.
Cambria Township - Ebensburg - (10/16/08) - Complaints from residents in the villages of Revloc and Colver are prompting Cambria Township supervisors to tighten dog laws, especially regarding proper manners. The supervisors are adding Ebensburg Boroughs version of dog nuisance regulations to the townships existing dog laws, which currently cover roaming and barking. The new ordinance covers more and holds dog owners responsible for sanitation.Supervisors asked Solicitor Dennis Govachini to incorporate the section in the townships ordinances. The Cambria Township supervisors said they will then hold a public hearing and receive public comment on the proposed changes.
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Clover - (11/14/08) - Several animal advocates turned out for Monday's Clover Town Council meeting, but council didn't discuss its pending vicious animal ordinance, opting to schedule a workshop later this month to talk details. The Committee for Responsible Pet Ownership encouraged council to pass a law prohibiting tethering. The group also asked council to consider raising licensing fees for unaltered animals and giving police officers more enforcement power. The town council workshop is 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Larne Building in Clover. Workshops are open to the public, although council does not vote at them.
Greenville - (10/21/08) - When or if people can bring pets to city festivals and into its parks, especially the new City Park next to City Hall, will be considered by City Council by year's end, Mayor Rick Danner said. "My understanding is it'll be a comprehensive ordinance in regards to animals and pets in public places," Danner said. The Police Department already had drawn up a proposed ordinance.
Saluda- (10/18/08) -County council took steps on Monday night to remedy recent problems with animal control. Council unanimously voted to allow county administrator Sandra Padget to enter talks with other counties, cities and towns in the surrounding area to see if they could house animals the sheriffs office removed. The county could enforce the states animal control codes and remove animals, because it has no animal codes of its own and uses the states codes for animal control. The county, however, has a hard time enforcing many of these codes because it doesnt have a place to store animals.
York County - (10/14/08) - This afternoon, officials will recommend toughening the county's animal policies, guidelines both leaders and animal rights groups say are outdated -- and weak. "As the county gets bigger and we become more suburban, people are expecting a level of service from us that we're not able to give them right now," said York County Animal Control manager Chris Peninger. "So it's a good time now to go over this thing and make some changes to (the laws) so that we can plan for the future. None of today's recommendations will be voted on, but the County Council expects to use the suggestions in updating its laws. One change county staff will suggest is empowering animal control officers who don't have the authority to write tickets for animal law violations. Along with enforcement problems, county officials will talk about a tethering policy. The workshop is open to the public and begins at 4 p.m. inside the county's Agricultural Building in York.
Sturgis - (10/7/08) - The Sturgis City Council on Monday unanimously passed the second and final reading of an ordinance placing stringent regulations on the owners of pit bulls within city limits. The ordinance defines the pit bull breed and requires registration of any dog within city limits that fits the description. Pit bulls will need to be securely confined indoors, or in a secure enclosed fence, pen or kennel. When outside the approved enclosure the pit bull must be on a leash no longer than four feet and will not be allowed to be kept on the leash outside the kennel area unless the owner is in physical control of it. Owners will be required to carry $250,000 of public liability insurance, place a public sign on their property stating the breed of the dog, and provide the animal control officer with identification photographs of the dog.
Greene County - (10/17/08) -At the meeting, Chairman Jan Kiker passed out copies of the spay and neuter law in Buncombe County, N.C., and a discussion followed. Members agreed to each bring to November's Animal Control Committee meeting a name of someone they would like to see named to a new subcommittee to study the possibility of enacting a spay and neuter program in Greene County. In addition, Greene County Attorney Roger Woolsey was instructed by the committee to see if the Greene County Commision has authority from the state to enact a county spay-and-neuter law. UPDATE: (11/15/08) - A special subcommittee to explore a possible spay and neuter law for Greene County was formed Wednesday during a meeting of the Greene County's Commission's Animal Control Committee. Seven interested citizens, with hunters on one side of the controversial issue and pet-rescue activists on the other side, will join all nine committee members of the animal control committee to see if they can agree on a countywide spay and neuter law. The members of the subcommittee will be: Kathy Newton, of Bright Hope Animal Rescue; Cheryl Horton, of A Voice For Pets; Doug Essinger, of Ferral Friends of Greene County, Inc.; Amy Bowman, manager of the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society; A.L. Duckworth, a veterinarian; hunters Roger Vaughn and Freddie Johnson, as well as all nine animal control committee members. Those animal control members are: Kiker, Bill Brown, Margaret Greenway, Fred Malone, Sam Riley, Betty Ruth Alexander, Clark Justis, Brenda Grogan and Rennie Hopson.
Warren County - (11/14/08) - The attack of a former teacher in Warren County has leaders there looking at tougher dog laws. A leash law or ordinance might help, but everyone agrees even the state laws have no teeth because the punishment is minimal.
Comal County - (11/14/08) - Comal County officials want more power to regulate hunting, billboards, fireworks and barking dogs; these are part of their wish list for new state laws that they hope the Legislature can deliver. Barking dogs. They have become an increasing problem in the county, and the county has no authority to enact an order to prevent disruptive dog barking. Officials want a state law allowing owners to be prosecuted as a public nuisance under the Health and Safety Code. Commissioner Jan Kennady said barking dogs is one of the most common complaints she hears, including one woman who called her last week in tears because her quality of life is being ruined by her neighbors 27 dogs that constantly bark. Hunting. Current law allows the county to prohibit or regulate firing guns or bows and arrows on lots less than 10 acres. They want to increase the size to 20 acres. County Judge Danny Scheel said he knows of deer blinds set up facing directly at neighbors houses, and he said its getting more common to hear complaints of deer in subdivisions running around with arrows sticking out of them.
League City - (11/3/08) - After almost two years of failed attempts by residents, the city council last week approved spending $194,000 to build a park where dogs can romp unleashed. In a 4-3 vote, city council members OKd the initial phase of the park on 8 acres down the street from the police station. The vote was a victory for Councilman Neil Baron, who advocated for the park even before his election to the council.
Little Elm - (10/21/08) - A Little Elm woman's pet dog was mauled when her neighbor's two pit bulls found their way into her house -and her owner's resolve to petition the Little Elm city council for a dangerous dog ordinance. She wants pit bulls banned in the city. Little Elm's animal control department confirmed the pit bulls were euthanized at the request of their owner. 100 petition signatures are needed to bring the dangerous dog ordinance before the Little Elm City Council.
Mt. Pleasant - (10/14/08) -Residents of Country Club Estates have taken their feud with a neighbor over his dogs to the Mount Pleasant City Council, a grievance that could possibly end up in district court. A letter signed by 20 residents on Eagle Drive, Fareway Drive and Masters Drive asks for the council's help in resolving the issue involving their neighbor. UPDATE: (10/22/08) - Mount Pleasant City Council members will work on drafting a new ordinance this week that will give them more recourse to deal with a Country Club Estates resident who has racked up 17 citations for violating the city's dog ordinance.
San Antonio - ALERT (11/14/08) - San Antonio passed an animal ordinance requiring a Litter Permit in December of last year (2007). It is now being enforced. Animal control staff scan the Classified Ads and call the phone numbers listed that do not include a Litter Permit Number. Breeders are told that their animals will be confiscated if they don't buy the Litter Permit. To date, we're not .aware of any animals actually being seized. Reports are that Louisville, KY, is actually illegally seizing litters under the same situations. (report provided by [email protected] )
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Culpeper - (10/18/08) - It started out as a routine housekeeping item, a means by which Culpeper County could bring local animal-control ordinances in line with state statutes. But the proposed changes have Supervisor Tom Underwood refusing to vote yes--as a matter of principle--while County Attorney Roy Thorpe insists that adopting the new guideline is necessary. "The major problem is that the ordinance has a feral cat defined as a companion animal," Underwood said. "Why would I vote for that?" Underwood, who owns a large farm in the Reva area, said people drop cats at his gate all the time and that many of them are wild. "Suppose my dog kills one of those cats," he argued. "Since I am responsible for my dog's actions, I could be convicted of a felony." That scenario may seem far-fetched, but the controversial state law, which was passed in 2005 and amended last winter, has already created headlines in the Richmond area.
Greene County - (10/21/08) - J. Allen stated that she wants a nuisance ordinance to deal with things like a potbellied pig digging up someones dahlias, people parking in other peoples driveways, and barking dogs. She believes that inclusion of the word vexed would include barking dogs. A motion was made to table the nuisance ordinance in favor a barking dog ordinance. The motion was unanimously approved.
Richmond - (10/23/08) - Angry hound hunters packed the room at Thursday's Game and Inland Fisheries Board meeting in Richmond. About 150 people showed up to defend Virginia's "right-to-retrieve" law that allows hunters to pursue their hunting dogs on privately posted lands. The board is considering a proposal to amend the law. Some hunters accused board members of playing politics. The board did not act on a set of proposals involving hunting with hounds. Some proposals will require legislative approval, such as changes to the right-to-retrieve law. Angry hunters promised to take their concerns to the General Assembly.
Vienna - (10/23/08) - Feld Entertainment is conducting a vigorous defense in the lawsuit, ASPCA, et al. v. Feld Entertainment, Inc. which is scheduled to go to trial on October 27, 2008 in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. The case, which began more than eight years ago, is being pursued by four animal special interest groups against Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey(R) Circus.
Monroe - (11/16/08) - Monroe, like most area cities, uses a two-strike approach. Dogs earn the label of potentially dangerous once they bite or act aggressively. If a second incident happens, the dogs are registered as dangerous. That forces owners to keep stricter control of their dogs. Monroe is proposing elimination of that first warning for certain breeds, essentially giving them no second chances. The city isn't banning the breeds. If someone owns one of these breeds and the dog doesn't cause problems, owners would have to take no additional measures, she said. Potentially dangerous dogs with no history of seriously injuring people or other pets could earn their way off the city's bad dog list if they and their owners complete a program teaching responsible dog ownership, such as the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Program. The breeds on the proposed list are Akita, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bull terrier, cane corso, dogo Argentino, dogue de Bordeaux, Kuvasz, pit bull terrier, presa Canario, Staffordshire bull terrier and Tosa inu. Dogs with a mix of one or more of these breeds would also be regulated. Hearing scheduled on one-strike rule - The Monroe City Council plans a public hearing on the proposed rules at its meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday (11/18/08) at Monroe City Hall, 806 W. Main St..
Moses Lake - (10/20/08) - Suggestions for changing the potentially dangerous dog ordinance were presented to the Moses Lake council but no action was taken. A committee appointed by Mayor Ron Covey to evaluate the ordinance met Oct. 7 and compiled a list of possible changes to the ordinance to possibly avoid banning pit bulls from the city. The committee consists of pit bull owners and city representatives.The committee suggested raising the fee to license an unaltered animal from $30 to $150, according to city documents.The city council will host a study session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 to discuss the issue but no action will be taken.
Seattle - King County - (10/21/08) - The Metropolitan King County Council took a preliminary vote, 8-0, Monday to direct County Executive Ron Sims to report on the feasibility and advisability of banning "continuous confinement" of dogs on chains or tethers or in small spaces. The motion may go before the council for a final vote next Monday. The report would consider a ban in unincorporated King County and possibly also in cities that contract with the county for animal-control services. Council Chairwoman Patterson said she also is considering legislation that would define "dangerous dogs," perhaps restricting certain breeds.
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Greenfield - (10/14/08) - Landowners in the town of Greenfield due to become part of the city of Baraboo should be able to hunt on their land as long as it can done safely, members of a city committee said Tuesday. They directed the chief of police and other city staff to develop proposed permit regulations for hunting on rural areas within city boundaries. Members of the Baraboo City Council's Administrative Committee reviewed a memo from Chief of Police Craig Olsen on the issue of hunting on city land. Hunting is prohibited within the city, but landowners including Statz stirred up questions as the city moved to add hundreds of acres of rural land along its eastern edge.
LaCrosse - (10/16/08) -A DOG PARK COMMITTEE IS RECOMMENDING A PLAN TO RESTRICT DOG-WALKING IN CITY PARKS TO SIDEWALK AREAS ONLY. LA CROSSE PARK DIRECTOR STEVE CARLYON HAS READ LOCAL ORDINANCES, AND FINDS THE RULES ABOUT DOGS IN PARKS TO BE PUZZLING, BECAUSE THEY SUGGEST THAT DOGS COULD GO INTO AREAS OF HALF-A-DOZEN EXISTING PARKS, AND THAT'S NOT TRUE. THE COMMITTEE WANTS TO KEEP DOGS ON LEASHES, AND HAVE THEM DISPLAY A RABIES TAG WHEN THEY'RE IN PUBLIC. THE PROPOSAL COMES AFTER A REVIEW OF LAWS IN SEVERAL WISCONSIN CITIES...WHICH RANGE FROM LETTING DOGS INTO ALL PARKS, TO KEEPING THEM OUT COMPLETELY.
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Greater Dandenong - (10/16/08) - Cleeland Ward councillor Paul Donovan had grown frustrated with the number of dangerous dogs off leash along the Dandenong Creek trail after riding his bike along it. Cr Donovan had originally proposed the council purchase mountain bikes and send council officers along the trail to fine dog owners with animals off their leashes. While the purchase of bikes was no longer a part of Cr Donovans notice of motion at Mondays council meeting, he retained his arguments that off-leash dogs in prohibited areas were dangerous and in breach of council law. If we have laws to not have dangerous dogs on bike paths, we need to enforce them, Cr Donovan said. We need to make bike paths safe, and we need to start issuing fines I believe. Councillors passed the motion unanimously and the council will now step up patrols of the citys bike paths, with particular attention given to the Dandenong Creek trail.
Mt. Claremont - (10/23/08) - Legal action over barking dogs that drew fines and legal costs of more than $25,000 was an "absolute travesty of justice", according to the dogs' owner. Patrick Golden, of Mt Claremont, an accident and emergency doctor at Joondalup Health Campus, was fined $500 in Perth Magistrate's Court last week.
Mississauga Ontario - City of Mississauga's bylaw enforcement division will not be actively enforcing the 'pit bull' amendments made to the Dog Owners' Liability Act . The move to treating all dogs as innocent not guilty is growing with Mississauga being the first major city to concede the law is an utter failure on every level.While the city cannot repeal the ban,it has chosen the fiscal and moral high ground.
(11/3/08) - The Scottish SPCA has written to all MSPs, Scottish MPs, chief constables and council leaders asking for firework use to be restricted to specific days. He said: "We're not saying fireworks should be banned. We're asking for a more responsible approach to animal welfare. If there were a clear indication on specific days that it's legal to use fireworks, animal owners would happily take the appropriate action to safeguard their pets. "People can forget that a dog's hearing is twice as sensitive as a human and a cat's three times."
OWNERS of rottweilers may soon have to buy insurance, place a surety and send their dogs for obedience training. In addition to leashing and muzzling the dogs, owners must also: Implant a microchip in the animal Take up an insurance policy of at least $100,000 * Put up a banker's guarantee of $2,000, which will be forfeited if the dog strays, bites a person or is reported lost * Send their dogs for obedience training
(11/3/08) - A WELSH MEP has called on the European Parliament to update a law on animal testing to stop them suffering unnecessarily. Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans believes many experiments are being duplicated, leading to animal suffering that could be avoided. She wants the European Commission to establish a Europe-wide database, accessible to researchers, to help reduce the number of animals suffering in experiments. Ms Evans was responsible for an influential report in the European Parliament in 2002 which detailed ways in which the European Directive on the protection of animals for experimental and other scientific purposes should be revised. Six years on, the all-Wales MEP said the law is in urgent need of revision and she has written to European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas calling for the legislation to be reviewed without delay.
(11/5/08) - Owners of fat cats and obese dogs could be fined or jailed under controversial Government rules. New beefed-up codes of practice for pet owners published today state that overfeeding pets is a 'serious welfare concern' that can lead to unnecessary suffering. People who refuse to put seriously fat pets on a diet could be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act - and face a fine of up to £20,000 or even 12 months' jail.
Britain - (10/14/08) - A loophole in animal welfare laws that allows primates to be kept as household pets should be closed, an MP has urged. Mark Pritchard, Conservative MP for The Wrekin, said the animals, such as small monkeys, were often housed in cramped cages, causing unacceptable suffering.The RSPCA supported the call for a ban, adding that an estimated 3,000 primates were being kept as pets in the UK. Mr Pritchard is calling on ministers to outlaw the breeding, sale or keeping of primates for the domestic pet market. The Shropshire MP said he would use his Ten Minute Rule Bill, which he will present in the Commons on Tuesday afternoon, to highlight why the practice of keeping the animals had no place in modern society. "Are we a modern country or are we a country stuck in Victorian times that likes to keep primates in confined spaces in order to entertain us," he told BBC News. As well as welfare concerns, Mr Pritchard added that his proposals would also raise awareness of how the market for exotic pets could undermine global conservation efforts. "Britain needs to lead the world on this issue and set a global standard in order that other countries follow and ban keeping primates as pets.