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Public hearing set for new pet ordinance

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New pet laws may be issued in the City of Bellbrook. The new law is more of a clarification that will allow police officers to help control nuisance conditions for animals and make the owner responsible for the misconduct. Since new language to the current ordinance is on the table, the City of Bellbrook will conduct a public hearing during their next council meeting on September 8 at 7 p.m. in the city building located at 15 East Franklin St.

The city would like to amend the current Chapter 618 ordinance of the Bellbrook Municipal Code establishing nuisance conditions for animals. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the peace, health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Bellbrook. The city would like to include “other animals approved and/or licensed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources” to the regulations relating to nuisance conditions. The new ordinance proposes the following additional language, “No owner, keeper or harborer of any dog or animal approved and/or licensed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shall fail at any time to do either of the following: 1) Keep the animal physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision or secure enclosure to prevent escape; 2) Keep the animal under the reasonable control of some person.

“There is a section of our code that talks about dogs. This allows us if there are any other animal that is licensed that we can cite the individual for that,” City Manager, Mark Schlagheck said. “So, it just gives our police department another tool that if they run into a situation where the animal is something other than a dog that is licensed, they have the ability to cite the owner.”

Other conditions included in the ordinance, not new, states: …any of the following acts committed in connection with the harboring, keeping or maintaining of an animal shall constitute maintenance of a public nuisance and is hereby prohibited: 1) Permitting offensive or obnoxious orders to be released and carried to the property of another; or 2) permitting loud offensive and regularly repeated barking or howling by a dog.

Any violation to the ordinance within six months of a previous violation, the violator may be guilty of maintaining a public nuisance and be charged with a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

For questions or concerns regarding the proposed new language, attend the public hearing to voice thoughts. For any information regarding the upcoming public hearing or the language of the city ordinance, please contact the City Manager, Mark Schlagheck at (937) 848-4666.

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