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Mar 2016

Pets and Local Government – National Trends for February 2016

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The February Legislative Activity Report shows that 999 organizations held 388 new meetings for the month of February. Of these 388 meetings, 46 agenda items had a pet or animal component. Several meetings specifically addressed pet and animal issues including extending registration date for dogs, changes to laws regarding impounding and disposition of at large animals, an update on an event for pet adoption, and a proposed law to create an animal abuse offender registry.

Ashtabula, Ohio

February 2, 2016

Resolution No. 2016-61

This agenda item addressed a resolution to extend the date of registration for dogs in Ashtabula County.

Lakewood, Ohio

February 1, 2016

Amendment to 505.03 Impounding and Disposition

This agenda item proposed several amendments to Section 505.03 of the Impounding and Disposition; Records, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Lakewood. The sections that contained the proposed changed included:

  • Changing the impound directives from only identifying dogs and cats to including “such animals otherwise in accordance with this section.”
  • Changing the set fees for impounded dogs (a) wearing a valid registration tag. The itemized release fees were struck from the section and the amended guidance reads “charges established by Council.”
  • Changing the set fees for impounded cats (b) wearing a valid registration tag. The itemized release fees were struck from the section and the amended guidance reads “charges established by Council.”
  • Added guidance regarding animals that are removed from residences by the City because the owner is deceased, incarcerated, not found, evicted, or otherwise unable to care for the animal (c) on a daily basis. The animal is to be impounded by the officer who has been charged by law with the custody and disposal of animals in these circumstances. The animal will be held for no less than 72 hours and the owner may claim the animal during that time and it will be released only if all charges established by the Council are paid. The City will notify the owner through notice at the residence and other reasonable attempts. If the owner or owner’s designee does not claim the animal within the given time period, the animal will be considered abandoned and the City may sell or otherwise dispose of the animal in a humane manner.

The charges that are required by Sections 505.03(a), 50.03(b), and 505.03(c) of the Codified Ordinances is outlined in Section 2.  The charges include:

  • $10 per calendar day for impounding any animal
  • Actual costs of the provision of any notice to the owner
  • Actual costs of the disposal of any animal made pursuant to that section

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

February 1, 2016

Announcement First Coast No More Homeless Pets

This agenda item was an announcement made by Council Member Doherty that he and Council Member Vogelsang organized the Second Annual Beaches Oktoberfest. It was held on October 16-18, 2015. At this event, they raised $18,756 for the First Coast No More Homeless Pets. 32 dogs were adopted. They had a very good attendance and are planning a 2016 Oktoberfest and plan to partner with another local charity.

Erie County, New York

February 4, 2016

LL to Establish an Animal Abuse Registry in Erie County

This agenda item proposed a local law to establish an Animal Abuse Registry in Erie County. It includes all mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians (and any other domesticated animal) in or near the owner’s or caretaker’s household. Animal Abuse Crime is defined by several New York State laws.

The Animal Abuse Registry would contain the name, residence address, birthdate, and face photograph of each person who resides in Erie County and is an animal abuse offender. The information regarding each conviction for animal abuse crimes will also be on their registry record. The registry would be available to the public on the internet.

The information would remain on the registry for 5 years following the offender’s release from incarceration or, if they were not incarcerated, from the date of the judgment of conviction. Second offense convictions would require the offender to be placed on the registry for an additional period of 10 years.

The registry would be established and maintained by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Any person who is convicted of an animal abuse crime will be required to register with the Erie County Animal Abuse Registry within 30 days of release from incarceration or from the date of judgment of conviction if they were not incarcerated. They will be required to provide all the information that is required for the registry, and will be required to update their information in the database on an annual basis. If there is an address change, they have 30 days to notify the registry. The offender will be required to pay $50 a year as long as they are required to be on the registry.

While the person is on the registry they may not possess, adopt, own, purchase, or exercise control over any animal. No animal shelter or pet seller in Erie County will be allowed to sell, exchange, or otherwise transfer ownership of any animal to the offender as long as they are listed on the registry. They are required to search the database prior to such transactions to determine that the person is not on the registry.

Penalties are as follows:

  • Failure to Register – a fine not to exceed $500
  • Purchase of an animal while on the registry – a fine not to exceed $1,000
  • Prohibited sale of an animal to an animal abuse registrant – a fine not to exceed $250 (NOTE: There is an apparent typographical error in Section 6 Subset C and the word “exceed” is omitted. However, the context of the sentence implies that the word “exceed” should have been inserted and was inadvertently left out.)

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A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Matt is creative director for voterheads, where he directs all website design, marketing/branding & advertising campaigns. He also serves on the Advisory board for USC's HRSM Alumni Society. Matt is a past recipient of The State newspaper's 20 under 40 award.I'm a dude, playin' a dude, disguised as another dude... or more appropriately, busy.

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