Changes to Animal Control Ordinances Being Considered
Fort Dodge city officials are in the process of reviewing several ordinances regarding animal protection and control. Among the proposed changed being discussed include an increase in license fees; a limit on the number of animals a person can have at a residence; and defining dangerous and vicious animals, but only being labeled after attacking a person or domestic animal without cause. Fort Dodge Assistant Police Chief Kevin Doty says the last time license fees were updates was in 1978, and an increase would help lessen the burden for taxpayers:
Doty also said the changes would allow people to register animals for up to two years, instead of one. A committee put together to review the animal ordinances recommended the changes, and most of them would be enforced as municipal infractions.