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Council hears concerns over chained dogs

April 12, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council heard from several dog lovers that pressed council members to consider an ordinance against tethering dogs outside. Speaking on the issue was Jason Cook from Brookfield, who was a former Canfield resident.

"There is a dog tethered at [a Main Street] residence," he said. "We called the dog warden and animal charity and there is nothing they can do."

He said the dogs were tethered out in the cold, but because they were not undernurished, had water, and were not sick, there was no violation. Had the city had a tethering ordinance on the books, something could have been done.

"We are asking the city to pass regulations on chaining and tethering," Cook said. "We would like to see and ordinance preventing this type of practice."

After Cook made his plea, several other city residents spoke on the matter.

Michelle English said, "I look at tied up dogs. They have no life."

Sherry Brown said, "We had a dog tethered not far from us. We reported it over the winter and the county did nothing. The dog died while it was on the tether."

The final comment came from Frank Micchia, who said, "We have a lot of dogs in this city. We should have an ordinance."

Cook presented Canfield City Attorney Mark Fortunato with a sample ordinance.

"We'll take our time and look at it," Fortunato said. "It will be considered."

Fortunato added that he is wrapping up a food truck ordinance to regulate them should any want to come into the city.

In other business:

City Manager Wade Calhoun announced brush pickup would begin the week of April 29 and continue over the next four weeks.

Calhoun mentioned Ohio House Bill 410 that addresses red light traffic cameras. He said the bill also talks of taking traffic violations out of Mayor's Court and into county courts.

Council approved an ordinance allowing the declaration on a snow emergency and a parking ban. Previously the only city regulation for parking prevented overnight parking on city streets. The new ordinance will stop parking on the street during snow accumulations of more than three inches in a 24-hour period.

A motion to direct the city manager to create a request for qualification for the development of a comprehensive plan. Calhoun said the plan could take 18-24 months to finalize, and it would give the city a plan or direction for the future.

Calhoun mentioned the city had done a sweep at 514 Hickory Hollow Drive and removed two and a half dump truck loads of items. The property owner will have 30 days to claim the items, after which any unclaimed can be disposed of.

 
 

 

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