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Interesting dog laws being considered - check it out

South Tucson - (12/9/08) - South Tucson now has new rules regarding dogs in effect, but the resident most effected by the ordinance is trying to find a way around one aspect of the new law. The Tucson Dog Protection Act was approved by South Tucson voters last month. The initiative requires that dogs be in their crates no more than 18 hours a day, that their meat either cooked or not from animals that were dead before slaughter, and that female dogs not be given steroids, which keeps them from going into heat and makes them easier to handle around male dogs. The Arizona Department of Racing said that its staff at the track will report violations of the ordinance and provide witness testimony if necessary. However, the department also said that is does not have the resources to investigate violations of a rule that is not its own.

South Lake Tahoe - (12/8/08) - The council will discuss three possible options for regulating the retail sale of puppies from mass-breeding facilities known as puppy mills. The options — laid out in a report to the city by Los Angeles-based lawyers Laurence Wiener and Serita Holness — include a complete ban on the retail sales of puppies in the city, the collection of a licensing fee from pet stores to pay for independent inspections of a puppy’s breeding facility, and requiring independent veterinarian exams of puppies upon arrival at a pet store. Local interest in puppy mills increased after the opening of Broc’s Puppies on Lake Tahoe Boulevard in May. Some South Shore animal advocates claim the store is selling puppy-mill dogs, but operators of Broc’s have denied the allegations.

Bridgeport - (12/8/08) - The city is proposing to increase the fine for the owner of a dog that relieves itself on public property from $90 to $150. The owner of a dog found roaming at large would also increase to $150, from $100. The city must do what it has to, but there are limits. For instance, officials could raise even more money by making the dog-related fines $500 each, or $1,000. But they shouldn't do that, and won't. Even in tough budgetary times, there are boundaries, and this new round of proposals comes close to the limit on reason. It's part of a broader effort to raise money by any means possible and avoid the possibility of the state taking over city finances, which could come to pass.

Augusta - (12/12/08) - The Maine Animal Welfare Advisory Council will meet December 17 before submitting a proposal to the Legislature for new laws that would take total control of hobby dog breeding, scrap constitutional requirements for search and seizure warrants, and fund the entire state animal control program on the backs of law abiding dog owners. The Council meeting is open to the public. It is set for p.m. Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at the AMHI Complex on the second floor of the Deering Building in Augusta. We urge all Maine dog owners to attend. The proposal for new laws must be presented in its final form to the Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry by January 15. While dog owners are included on the task force, it is weighted heavily towards animal shelters, rescue groups, animal control officers, local government officials and extreme animal rights groups. The radical Humane Society of the United States, which is solely a political action group aiming toward the eventual elimination of animal ownership in America, and the even more radical People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, are represented by members of the committee. Dog owners are represented by the Federation of Maine Dog Clubs, the American Kennel Club, the Down East Sled Dog Club and a licensed kennel owner. They comprise less than a quarter of the committee members. People who own dogs of the hunting breeds are not directly represented.
The legislative proposal stems from state Animal Welfare Division Director Norma Worley, who has begun an intensive enforcement campaign that has resulted in the seizure of more tan 500 dogs this year. Worley’s aggressive tactics have resulted in overspending her department’s budget by $660,000, as of October.

MO SB 63
Session: 2009 (1/7/09 thru 5/15/09 Prefiled)
Modifies various provisions relating to dog fighting.
** 12/1/2008 Prefiled **

Fayette - (11/24/08) - The proposed animal ordinance received lengthy public comment at the regular Fayette city council meeting Tuesday. During citizen participation, three persons expressed disagreement with the prohibition against pit bulls in the proposed dog ordinance. Another objected to the three-dog limit since she owns five coon hunting dogs and feels there are others who own more than three dogs for hunting purposes. The council went ahead with the first reading of the proposed animal ordinance. A second reading is required before the ordinance becomes law. Council members will continue to discuss the issue with constituents before making a final decision. Once signed into law, the following provisions would apply:
. Pit bulls will not be allowed within the city limits. . Pit bulls already residing within the city limits must be registered with the city and securely confined or on a leash with a muzzle. . Each household may have a maximum of three dogs. Households which currently have more than three dogs may keep all pets, but must register pets. . An owner's animal may not impede any governmental city,
county, state or federal employee in the performance of his or her duty. A violation will result in a fine of not less than $100. . An owner's animal may not impede any person using public property, such as
a sidewalk or right of way. Fine for violation: not less than $100. . All dogs must be leashed when off of the owner's property. . All dogs must be licensed with the city. Licenses are renewed annually and
require rabies vaccination given by a licensed veterinarian. License tags must be attached to the dog's collar. . Dogs of a cross or vicious disposition must be securely confined at all times. (Same restrictions as for pit bulls.) Dogs which are impounded by the city may be redeemed by their owners upon payment of a $5 boarding fee per day and a $25 fine. Second and third impoundments result in higher fines up to $150.

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