An­i­mal con­trol reg­u­la­tion fight not over yet

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - [email protected]­ton­ By Dana Guthrie

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.

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