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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New Pet Protection Law Adopted

After seeing a "distressed dog" locked in a hot car in the parking lot of a local store, Police Chief Press recently proposed to the Council an "un-attended animal" ordinance to give police the authority to take immediate action (including fines, possibly break the window). Chief Press: "Being an animal lover, I felt the need for a clear ordinance . . . and asked (Animal Control Officer) Jerry Merchant to come up with one . . and the City Attorney enthusiastically approved." Councilman Ford, saying they are more important than animals, suggested a city ordinance for children (locked in hot cars) be adopted first-- but was informed by the Mayor, Councilman Stankoski, et al-- that existing state child endangerment/protection laws were sufficient. Councilman Mixon: "Let's stick to dogs for now." According to Press, the law will include all animals: dogs, cats, birds, snakes, etc. The Ordinance was approved unanimously; but it was unclear when it will take effect.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

whats that. a poodle?

Good Girl said...

that looks like some kind of mutt

Anonymous said...

i hope Ford was joking

Anonymous said...

looks like the new chief is out and about and taking care of business. hope he continues to clean up the must troubled police department.