Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Monterey Alderwoman Proposes Animal Control Ordinance

A Monterey alderwoman has proposed a city ordinance to keep people from having dogs chained up in their yards.

Vice Mayor Starlett Wessels said during Monday night’s board meeting that it’s a sight she’s tired of seeing.

“I know everyone who has animals needs to contain them at some point in time. We obviously have leash laws here in town,” Wessels said. “But I’m talking about animals that are 24-7 tied up on a porch or on a chain out in the middle of a yard with dirt that’s absolutely a pit of mud. All they can walk is that little circle.”

Wessels said she would like to see an ordinance developed that’s similar to one in Johnson City. She said that ordinance prevents animals from being chained up outdoors for more than 12 hours at a time.

“I think it is pathetic that it is anyone’s idea of having a pet with those conditions,” Wessels said. “That is not a pet. That animal is being tortured.”

Mayor Bill Wiggins said he will request MTAS to provide some examples of ordinances that the city could consider adopting.

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