Animal ordinance headed for revisions following resident input

Jean Mitchell

Dr. Jean Mitchell displays a pet trolley kit she recommends as a tethering alternative for residents without fenced-in yards.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 04:43 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The City Council is directing staffers to revise a proposed animal control ordinance that spurred debate on animal cruelty and liberty.

Dr. Jean Mitchell endorsed a provision prohibiting pet owners from "chronically tethering" their pets to a stationary object.

"Dogs become more aggressive when they are continuously chained," she said Monday. In addition, an animal's collar digs into its neck when it strains against the line.

Councilman Shannon Hayes said he believed the provision was important.

"I have had a dog choked and killed because of my ignorance to this," he said.

A trolley system is an alternative if a fenced-in enclosure isn't an option, Mitchell said.

The number of pets allowed per household is another issue.

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