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Harmony Town Council Reworks animal ordinance

Friday, March 7, 2008

After incurring a recent minor problem, the Harmony Town Council was put in a position to revamp an existing town ordinance.

On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved Ordinance 1-2008, regarding prohibiting certain animals within the corporate limits of town.

"We had a problem with a horse," Council President Janice Gooch said. "We already had one ordinance in force. We're just upping it.

"We passed one some time ago, but we put a little more teeth into this one."

Gooch told The Brazil Times the town had an existing ordinance prohibiting certain animals in town. The original ordinance, she estimated, had been around since the early 1980s.

She added it was changed slightly close to four years ago.

The ordinance explains to citizens that it is "unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or permit to be kept, or maintain, in any pen, cage, shed or other building other than the main residential building, any animal or fowl" with town limits.

The ordinance continues stating it does not apply to dogs, cats and rabbits and it does not prohibit citizens to transport other animals through town.

The ordinance defines animals that are prohibited as any which "by its nature, wild and untamed, but lives in captivity, or any domesticated animal or fowl, which term shall include but not limited to any cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, llamas, buffaloes, poultry, bids, reptiles, rodents or any domesticated beast or any other equine of bovine animals."

Gooch told The Brazil Times the major change in the ordinance Tuesday was the addition of a larger fine.

The new ordinance states any person in violation will be fined $500.

"(The original ordinance had a fine) but it wasn't enough," Gooch said. "We just said no. Who wants to live next to that?"

The council meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month. Its next meeting is set for 7:30 p.m., April 1.

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