Stricter Dog Ordinance Up For Discussion In Troy

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By Sarah Cantey

 The Troy City Council is looking to create a stricter dog ordinance. 

 
Not only will it require all dogs to be on leash or behind a fence, but it also prohibits continuous barking. That's defined in the ordinance as making noise during the majority of any 10-minute period. 
 
Not obeying any part of the ordinance could result in a fine between $50 and $500. The city council says it's been in the works for years, prompted by numerous complaints, and some residents say it's long over due. 
 
May Hand, a resident said, "There's almost nothing worse than a barking dog after you've gone to sleep."
 
Keith Parnell, a resident said, "About the barking I feel like that's pretty normal for a dog because it pays attention to people that want to be protected and people that don't want to be protected. If they bark that let's them know that something is not right. So I feel like barking shouldn't be a problem."
 
To read the proposed ordinance visit this link: http://www.troyal.gov/proposed-animal-control-amendment
 
The public is encouraged to attend a public hearing at the council meeting on April 22. 


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