At Tuesday night's city commission meeting the second reading of a revised animal ordinance was unanimously passed.
Some of the changes to the ordinance include restricting the kinds of tether used for pets. They must not be on a fixed point tether, which means both ends of the tether must have swivel heads. The tether also must be 10 feet or more in length. And the tether can weigh no more than 1/8th of the dog's body weight.
Mayor Elaine Walker says: "The biggest reason we have enacted the animal ordinance, is really to try to gain control of our animal population. Number one, most people don't license their pets and we want them to so we can make sure pets are up to date on vaccines, particularly rabies vaccines."
If you take your pet to a public area, you are now required by law to clean up after it.
Mayor Walker says: "We also want to encourage people to their pet spayed or neutered. So if you have a pet that's not spayed or neutered, your annual fee is now $40 as opposed to $10 a year."
One thing the new ordinance will not have is a limit on the number of animals owners can have. However, the planning and zoning committee will incorporate bylaws about the number of pets owners can have in residential areas.
Part of the ordinance will go into effect on Friday and the rest will go into effect on May 1.