Passionate discussion about animal ownership and treatment fueled the fire of Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Badin Town Council.

Resident Bridget Hucka-bee proposed a No Chain Ordinance for dogs in the municipality during the informal discussion and comments section after an incident of what is believed to be animal cruelty in her neighborhood.

“A year ago, the residents of 32 Kirk Place tied a young Great Dane called Buddy on a chain in their back yard,” Huckabee read from her prepared commentary.

“Buddy barked, howled, whined and whimpered incessantly. Many neighbors complained. During the last few months of 2009 I personally complained to the Badin Police Depart-ment on three occasions, to the chief on one occasion, to the town manager on one occasion and once to the Stanly County Animal Control.

“On that last complaint I reported that Buddy was being neglected. I understand the Badin Police informed the residents of the nine-hour ordinance and for a few weeks the dog was occasionally taken inside. My neighbor at 30 Kirk Place informed me he feared Buddy was starving and when he was put back out and left out again 24 hours a day, this neighbor gave him water and bought a 25-pound bag of dog food and fed him. During the recent cold spell Buddy continued to be left out 24 hours a day. According to my neighbor, the residents of 32 Kirk Place told him they went out into the yard on one of those cold mornings and found Buddy dead — frozen to the ground.”

Huckabee spoke about the No Chain Ordinance and how cities statewide and nationwide are passing No Chain laws, with Asheville’s version of the law going into effect in 2011, Durham’s take on no chains going into effect this year, Charlotte considering the possibilities and New Hanover County and Laurinburg already having the laws in place.

“Most No Chain ordinances require that pet owners provide living space in one of two ways: bring the dog inside to live with the family and take it out regularly for exercise, or construct a secure and humane fenced enclosure of at least 150 square feet,” with “shade, shelter and access to food and fresh water,” Huckabee mentioned to the council.

“I was devastated by Buddy’s horrible death just yards from where I live and I want to make sure this never happens again here in Badin. I hope you, our town council, take swift action in this regard. This surely is one safety issue that needs little, if any, debate, not to mention a humane issue that should require no negotiation. Make Badin a shining example for the rest of Stanly County by being the first to pass a No Chain ordinance,” Huckabee stated before taking her seat to the delight of several supporters present.

After nearly three months of discussion, Badin Town Council voted in July to adopt a new ordinance considering the restraint of dogs within town limits and after making some observations Tuesday, the council decided to look into the matter further.

Other matters during the meeting included switching from The Ganus Group to Stanly County Code Enforcement Services in regards to the town’s continued minimum housing standards code. The Ganus Group dissolved into N-Focus and continues to keep John Ganus, who last served Badin as code enforcement contractor, on staff in that position. Using the county service under the auspices of Zoning Director Michael Sandy at a rate of $25 per hour plus gas mileage seemed to work better for the town’s needs since Ganus would travel from Kannapolis.

Also, a free poor man’s supper sponsored by Better Better, Inc. was announced and will be Feb. 20 from 4-7 p.m. at Badin Fire Department. A menu of pinto beans, cornbread, cabbage, potatoes, tea and coffee will be served and donations are welcomed.

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