Opposition to animal control ordinance sparks workshop

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 02:19 PM.

"The ordinance as written will allow for a runner, trolley or pulley system," Mitchell said.

However, resident Wendell Beatty, who has previously spoken in opposition to parts of the proposed ordinance, said government dictating how an owner restrains pets infringes on individual freedoms.

"Please let the owner determine how they restrain their animals," Beatty said.

Council members agreed with some of the concerns.

For example, residents could violate the code if their dogs or cats had a litter of young that suddenly increased the number of pets over the maximum, Councilman Mickey Rytman said.

Council President Robyn Helt noted that urban chicken raising is becoming more popular, and said she supported it.

Because revising the ordinance to address residents' concerns would also require revisions to the city's land use code, the council agreed to look at both documents during the March 10 workshop.

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