Residents differ on provisions of proposed animal control ordinance

Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 02:50 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A proposed city animal control ordinance generated debate among residents and city officials during a Monday City Council workshop.

City Clerk Betsy Roy said the new ordinance updated the city's code and brought it in line with the county animal ordinance. Animal control services are currently contracted with PAWS, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.

Resident Wendell Beatty expressed "freedom concerns," saying the ordinance allows too much government intrusion into residents' liberties.

"There are opportunities for the animal control officer to enter private property," Beatty said.

City attorney Jerry Miller said whether an officer needs to enter a property depends on the situation, like any law enforcement situation.

"If you want enforcement, you have full latitude," Miller told the council.

Beatty also questioned the council's authority to limit how many pets he could have and how his pets should be restrained if he had guests on his property.

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