First reading of Bloomfield dog ordinance approved

Dog ordinance will be revised for the public's safety.
Dog ordinance will be revised for the public's safety.(KYOU)
Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 4:15 PM CDT
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BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - The Bloomfield City Council discussed its new dog ordinance referred to as Animal Protection and Control on Thursday.

The first public reading was held and multiple citizens came to the meeting and spoke about their concerns.

The discussion of the ordinance began back in July after police investigatived an attack on a woman by two dogs.

Hawke Morgan, a dog fancier, spoke up about the concern for the limit of six pets in the ordinance. Morgan requested that there be an exemption for dog fanciers. “I wanted to make sure that those who breed and show dogs are actually being considered in the ordinance itself. This way they can keep owning more than six dogs at a time.”

Samantha Lang expressed her concern for her dog grooming business. She said, “There is a section stating if a dog scratches or bites you, you have to report it to the police. I’m going to be out of business.” It was clarified to her that the section about scratching and biting is in reference to dogs at large. Meaning the dog is on the loose, not on a leash or in an enclosed area, and it scratches or bites, you report the dog.

There was a discussion of the fines in the ordinance. A council member said, “This is not a revenue stream. We’re not doing this, so we can fine a bunch of people for their dogs.”

The first offense is a warning. The second offense is a fine of $100 and a repeat offense is $250.

The first reading of the ordinance was approved by the council. The second reading will be held on October 21.

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