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Council passes festival pet ordinance

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Keep Fido and Fluffy at home during festival time.

The Common Council of the City of Brazil, in conjunction with the Brazil Parks Board, passed an ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting prohibiting pets and animals inside a festival area at the parks during its operating hours.

"This is not to punish people, but to protect the patrons of festivals at city parks," Parks Board Vice President Ruthann Jeffries said. "There are some dogs out there that are bigger than the young children."

Council Member Sam Glover made the suggestion to have the ordinance apply only during the set festival hours to allow residents who like taking their pets to the park time to still do so.

"There are people who like to walk with their pets in the park in the mornings and they shouldn't have that opportunity taken away, even when one of the festivals are going on," he said.

The ordinance does, however, specify certain animals allowed to be inside the perimeter of festivals.

Animals allowed inside festivals are limited to those for:

* Service,

* Search and Rescue,

* K-9/horse officers, and

* Animals involved in festival-sanctioned attractions, events or rides, such as pet shows.

The ordinance specifies that it is in effect during the Popcorn Festival, Christmas in the Park and Rotary 4th of July Celebration, but the Parks Board is allowed, subject to the Mayor's approval, to designate other times to enforce the ordinance.

In other business the council:

* Tabled the second reading of the sign ordinance because additional items still need to be added, and

* Discussed placing a fee on the application to receive a burn permit. Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith said some residents are applying for multiple permits per week and not using them under the terms of the burn ordinance. The council was unable to come to a unanimous decision for what the charge should be so Smith, Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison and City Attorney Bob Pell will meet at a separate time to discuss the fee and potential amendments to the current burn ordinance.

The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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Thank you. My husband & I both discussed this fact during the Rotary Club's carnival. It was ridiculous the number of people walking around large well known problem causing dogs. I applaud you for your action!!

-- Posted by aminor on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 8:50 PM

I've always worried for the small dogs that are walked through the grounds, especially when it gets really crowded. They easily could be stepped on and harmed unintentionally.

We are actually ahead of the curve on this one, as I attend many of the area fairs and festivals, and this is problem at all of them.

I love my dogs, but I don't see the need to take them to a festival. I really see this as being more for them than for the general public, although it certainly is good for us to.

Good job!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 6:51 AM

I always wondered what would happen if a dog bit someone while out at the festival! WHo would be sued???

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 10:11 AM

One of my children is extremely scared of dogs, especially large ones and another is extremely allergic so I also truly appreciate this rule. I love dogs myself, but I think they are best not to be in the big crowds of people for our sake and theirs.

-- Posted by IMHO on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 10:25 AM

I was at Rotary most every night and was surprised how many brought their dogs as accessories. Thank you,

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 6:03 PM

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