Residents differ on provisions of proposed animal control ordinance

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

"If I want to have a cookout and have friends over, where do you have the right to tell me I can't tie up my dog?" Beatty asked. "I'm an American, or at least I think I am. When I see this (ordinance) I wonder."

Councilman Tom Gordon sympathized with some of Beatty's concerns.

"How many animals, I do have an issue with that," Gordon said. "On the flip side, I don't want to live next to a person who has 15 dogs."

Gordon also agreed that animal owners should be responsible for how their pets are restrained, and said the ordinance's prohibition of tying up an animal could place a pet owner in violation of the law.

"I guess the solution is I shouldn't have friends over anymore," Gordon said.

 Resident Bill Cox also questioned the provision limiting the number of a resident's pets, but felt the new ordinance, which increases the allowed quantity from four to seven, was too generous.

"I don't know why we're changing that," Cox said.

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