County Council OKs changes to animal control ordinance

Posted October 15, 2012 10:40 pm | Filed under Local News
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After more than a year of discussion and under three different introductions, York County’s revised animal control ordinance was unanimously approved Monday. Council has spent the better part of a year mulling over the ordinance  sending it back to committee before a final three readings that started late this summer.

York County Councilman Bump Roddey, who chairs the county’s public safety committee, says he’s pleased with what’s come of the ongoing efforts.

The changes to the ordinance update langue to meet state code, redefines terms like “adequate shelter” and calls for animals tethered outside to be kept inside a fence or on a ten-foot trolley line. That last part didn’t sit well with York resident Tiffany Neil, who feels the changes won’t keep her family safe.

And redefining what “adequate shelter” means led to a heated discussion outside council chambers, as supporters and opponents of the changes argued in the parking lot.

The crowd was ultimately dispersed by a York County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Portions of the ordinance go into effect next February, while the new tethering rules go into effect in July. Ashley Saunders says that between now and then, her organization, the Committee for Responsible Pet Ownership, will work with pet owners to educate them about the new rules.

York County Councilman Bump Roddey says the next step to take is for the county to educate animal owners about the changes going into effect near to help ensure compliance.

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