LIMA — Lima City Council’s Neighborhood Concerns Committee met on Tuesday night to continue their discussion about legislation to regulate animal tethering in the city.
The proposed ordinance would prohibit tethering dogs or other domestic animals without giving them adequate food, water and shelter.
The legislation would also prohibit overnight tethering, from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and other prohibited hours varying depending on the season. For the hotter months of April through September, the prohibited time would be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to keep animals from being out too long during the hottest hours of the day. For the winter months, the overnight time would be extended slightly, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Committee chair and 6th Ward Councillor Dr. Derry Glenn said that the proposed legislation would help prevent animal cruelty in Lima.
“Animal welfare is very important in our city,” he said. “It’s important to me and our committee, and we’ll continue watching it and making sure that people are taking care of animals the right way. That’s why we’re here tonight, to make sure that no dogs are getting abused, no animals are getting abused, not staying in the hot sun, not being fed, having water. These are some of the things we’ve had (from) concerned citizens in our city.”
Violations of the proposed ordinance carry a minor misdemeanor offense with a $150 fine. Repeat offenders could face higher misdemeanor charges and fines of up to $1,000 and a maximum of 180 days in jail.
The meeting helped make new determinations on the specifics of what could be in the ordinance, but the timetable to bring it before Lima City Council as a whole remains to be determined.
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