Pet Ordinance Ruffling Bowling Green's Feathers

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

The proposed city of Bowling Green pets ordinance says "animal shall mean any live creature, both domestic and wild except humans and includes fowl, fish and reptiles." If it passes, pet owners who have any of those animals would have to have them licensed.

Diana Gibbs is co-owner of Fishey Business. She says, "I think they need to take another look. I think fish has no place in that kind of a law. They're not going to bother people. They're not going to run around all night long barking. They're not going to dig up a little old ladies flower bed."

Gibbs is also upset the ordinance would require her to get a kennel permit for her store.

Gibbs says, "I wasn't trying to make a big ordeal out of this. I just don't want to pay $500 for a kennel permit when I already have business license, and it says this is a pet store."

Lori Hare with the Bowling Green\Warren County Humane Society agrees. "That was something we discussed in one of the meetings we had. I personally, don't mind if they exclude pet stores from that. Fishey Business has hundreds of fish. I've bought a lot of fish from there and I personally don't feel they should be penalized as a kennel."

The word fowl is listed in the pet ordinance, but the owners of Fishey Business say that needs to be more clearly defined.

Gibbs says, "As far as fowl goes, I think they need to define fowl. Parakeets, cockatiels, other small parrots, there's a lot of people that have those."

Hare says the pet ordinance is complaint driven and that it applies mostly to dogs and cats. The pet ordinance will be taken up again at the next city commission meeting.


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