Animal control regulation fight not over yet
The Benton City Council recently voted against a measure that — if approved — would have seen the banning of dog chaining in the city along with also creating guidelines for personal ownership of birds and snakes.
According to the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting of the community services and animal control committee, that vote did not bring an end to the issue.
While some aldermen were in favor of banning dog chaining, they felt that they could not vote for the entire ordinance because they were uncomfortable with the sections pertaining to snakes and birds.
Alderman Kerry Murphy, who recently announced he would be ending his term as alderman, told Animal Control Director Terry Parsons during the most recent city council meeting that if Parsons would bring a new ordinance to the council next month that outlawed dog chaining that he would be glad to vote in favor of the ordinance.
“I am against dog chaining,” Murphy said.
The members of the committee are again set to discuss the breeding of snakes within the city limits and the housing of birds tomorrow night.
Before the discussion begins, Benton Fire Chief Bill Ford will give a presentation on adding Safe Haven Baby Boxes in the city. For more information on that portion of the meeting, see Sunday’s edition of The Saline Courier.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Benton Municipal Complex, located at 114 S. East St.
All meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.