Crestview City Council opposes over-regulating pets

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The city's proposed animal control ordinance that was sent back to city staff for revisions has been sent back for more revisions.

City Clerk Betsy Roy said several provisions were addressed based on City Council members' feedback from residents.

"The four areas of concerns seem to be chickens, the number of animals, tethering and, to some extent, pot-belly pigs," Roy said.

Council members said they felt some of the proposed regulations were too far-reaching for government and were overly burdensome for residents.

"I don't want to start imposing on people rules and regulations where I don't think it's necessary," Councilwoman Robyn Helt said at Monday evening's workshop.

"If a person has five chickens too many do we call the chicken police?" Councilman Tom Gordon said. "I want as little government as possible regulating something as simple as animals."

Council President Shannon Hayes sought council members' consensus on each topic before directing Roy and her staff to revise the ordinance again.

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