FD Council Unanimously Approves Animal Ordinance Changes
The Fort Dodge City Council voted unanimously to approve two amendments to a controversial new animal control ordinance. Based on recommendations from Mayor Matt Bemrich and city staff, the council voted to change the language to two sections of the ordinance, including the removal of a limit on the number of pets one could own. The other change allows dogs to roam freely on private property, provided the responsible owner is with their animal. Councilman Don Wilson, who was one of four to approve the ordinance two weeks ago, praised the council for finding common ground:
The council also established lower registration fees for animals, including a six-month period where animals can be registered for free. The second and third readings of the ordinance amendments were waived.