The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

October 22, 2012

Animal control ordinance will get 2nd public hearing Monday

Monday, October 22, 2012 — It appears the hunters of Stanly County may have bagged one of their prime targets — parts of the proposed new county animal control ordinance.

The ordinance had been sent back to the Stanly County Health Department for more study and revisions after many spoke out against some of the restrictions that they felt were far too restrictive, especially for those who keep animals for hunting.

In particular, Article II (K), the section involving restraint, was pinpointed.

Under the original version, it would have required all county dogs owners to keep their dog restrained by keeping them inside a secure enclosure with a minimum dimension of 10 feet by 10 feet; keep the animal in the house; a leash “of sufficient means;” an electronic fencing device; securing them in a safe manner in a vehicle; under the control of a licensed hunter during a designated season; or while participating in shows or competitions.

The new version has totally deleted that section.

Article IV Section I (H) which defines the word “restraint” eliminates the statement that would require a dog owner to keep a dog on his property under retraint “at all times.”

It also adds wording that considers a dog restrained if it is training for hunting as regulated by the state wildlife commission.

In more generic circumstances, a dog is considered restrained if it is sufficiently near the owner or a competent handler on the owner’s property under his direct control or is on a tether of at least eight feet.

If the owner’s property is greater than one acre and the dog remains under the control of its owner on that parcel of land, the dog does not have to be actively restrained by means of a fence, tether or other secure enclosure if control can be maintained and the dog is restricted to the owner’s property.

The changes do make it somewhat harsher for a first time complaint.

Under the new wording, an animal control officer now has the authority to impound a dog even on a “first time” complaint.

The former wording only gave the power to issue a written notice.

Cats will have their own penalties for not staying within boundaries.

An officer was originally given a choice as to whether to issue a written or verbal warning.

The new version requires that a written warning be issued to the owner.

That notice will inform the owner should there be a second violation, civil penalties will be involved.

If after the notice is tendered a cat is caught off the owner’s property, it may be impounded.

If not retrieved within three days and all fines and fees paid, the cat will become property of the county to be placed for adoption or euthanasia.

The second public hearing on the ordinance will be part of the county commission’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, where public comments can be made.

The commission has the option to send it back for further review or to approve the ordinance with its new language.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Janice Abernathy Stanly residents share memories of Mickey Rooney

    Mickey Rooney is remembered for his numerous film roles, including his immense popularity as a child actor and the Andy Hardy series.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Democrats rally platform at county convention

    There were as many no-shows as candidates vying for office at Saturday’s Democratic convention and breakfast at Stanly Regional Medical Center’s Magnolia Room.

    April 10, 2014

  • Candidates: Stanly must change EDC strategies

    Changes with how Stanly County pursues economic development and ethical standards in the Sheriff’s Office were a frequent theme at Thursday night’s Republican forum.

    April 10, 2014

  • Town increases sewer tap fee by $800, ups other fees

    The town of New London no longer has to worry about lagging behind the other areas of Stanly County when it comes to sewer fees and the costs to reconnect water and sewer. And the best part is, neither will its current residents and businesses.

    April 4, 2014

  • EDC plots main focus

    At a strategic development meeting Monday night, the Stanly County Economic Development Commission board told staff they would like to see a focus on bringing high-wage jobs into the county over the next few years.

    April 4, 2014

  • SRMC Picture Carolinas HealthCare unveils plans, changes for Stanly Regional

    Carolinas HealthCare System announced that expansions and changes will accompany Stanly Health Services’ integration into its system.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Angie Gallimore Bonanza packs Mkt. Station

    The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits at Saturday’s Outdoorsman’s Bonanza.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • New Patrol Car Grant helps APD boost ranks, fleet

    The Albemarle Police Department has a new traffic officer and unmarked SUV patrolling the streets.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coffey Anderson Speaker offers youth advice

    Coffee and a Pop Tart is one way to wake up.
    Coffey Anderson and some pop music is another.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mitchel T. Morton Service tributes Vietnam veteran

    A collage of faded photographs, two letters — one returned unopened and another stamped, but not mailed, and a yellowed newspaper clipping of an obituary kept in a plastic bag are among mementos that remain behind.

    March 26, 2014 2 Photos

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide