It’s been a busy week in Tallahassee, where politicians debated several animal-related bills (visit ARFF’s website to learn the status of animal protection legislation). But this week was also busy at the local level, where several ordinances that would help animals advanced.
On Monday, the St. Augustine City Commission gave preliminary approval to changes to the city’s ordinance regulating horse-drawn carriages. Several of the changes– such as limiting the length of time horses are forced to work, and removing horses from city streets during extreme heat and humidity– are basic protections that ARFF has been demanding for years. The ordinance comes up for a final vote on March 29.
On Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved several important changes to the county’s animal control ordinance– including standards to protect guard dogs, new restrictions on the sale of animals at pet shops, and a total ban on the chaining or tethering of animals unless a guardian is outside along with the animal. An ARFF representative spoke in support of the changes at Tuesday’s meeting.
Next Tuesday (March 22), the Seminole County Commission will vote on an ordinance that would restrict the chaining of dogs. ARFF members in the county have been a driving force behind the ordinance.
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