Animal ordinance headed for revisions following resident input

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 04:43 PM.

April Meier, owner of a downtown pet food and supply shop, expressed concern about a provision limiting the number of possible pets per owner.

A resident could suddenly violate the law if he or she becomes a caregiver of a deceased loved one's pets, or if a pet becomes pregnant, she said.

"If it has a litter of 11 puppies, what do I do with those?" Meier said. "If the ordinance says you can have only seven (pets), it's euthanasia, right?"

Some residents supported the limitation.

"I do not want a neighbor next to me that has a bunch of animals," Mae Retha Coleman said.

Discussion on revisions hasn't been scheduled, but City Clerk Betsy Roy said it will most likely occur within the next 30 days.

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