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Kanab City Council to discuss new dog number ordinance
On October 9, the Kanab City Council will discuss a proposed new ordinance that would increase the number of dogs allowed in a household from two dogs to four dogs, under certain circumstances. The concept would involve the creation of a new “Additional Dog Household Permit.”
The concept will be discussed during the city council’s work session beginning at 6 p.m., then again during the regular city council meeting. The meetings will be held in the Kane County District Courtroom.
The discussion is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to accommodate those interested in attending the Kanab Chamber of Commerce’s debate between Utah State Representative Mike Noel and his opponent Ty Markham at 7 p.m. at the Kanab Middle School.
The idea for the Additional Dog Household Permit began as a result of a community meeting held several months ago by Councilmen Ed Meyer and Joe B. Wright. At that time, participants advised Meyer and Wright that any effort to increase the number of dogs allowed should only occur after Kanab City has made a concerted effort to better enforce its existing animal-related ordinances. This recommendation was strongly supported by both dog owners and those who do not own dogs. Police Chief Tom Cram will make a presentation at the work session outlining efforts to enforce dog-related ordinances since the meeting.
Following Chief Cram’s presentation, the proposed Additional Dog Household Permit will be presented to those in attendance. The permit concept was drafted by Councilman Meyer. It incorporates ideas discussed at the earlier meeting, as well as input received from Councilman Wright and a wide range of community members. This will be the first time the city council has been given an overview of the proposed new permit. Meyer will facilitate a discussion after the concept is explained. The issue will be addressed again on the regular city council agenda to determine whether council members would like the city manager to draft language for an ordinance to incorporate the new Additional Dog Household Permit into the city ordinances.
Meyer notes the importance of those who both own and do not own dogs participating in the discussion. “Our last meeting was successful because citizens with different perspectives sat down to civilly discuss an issue of common concern. Our hope is that we will have a similar civil discussion at our meetings on October 9. It is essential that the entire city council hear your comments.”
In order to provide time for citizens to reflect on the proposed new Additional Dog Household Permit in advance of the meetings, a summary of the idea is provided the your consideration
Overview of Proposed
Additional Dog Household Permit
The permit will allow a dog owner to have no more than two additional dogs for a total of four. All dogs in this “additional dog household” will be governed by supplemental regulations specific to the household.
Additional Dog Household Permits are allowed in all zones where dogs are currently allowed.
All dogs in the Additional Dog Household must be spayed or neutered. Dog owners who want more than two dogs, but do not want to spay or neuter their dogs, must obtain a kennel license.
There must be a fully fenced yard of not less than 450 square feet on the property. It will be the dog owner’s responsibility to assure this fence is capable of containing the additional dogs.
To avoid risk of strangulation associated with chained dogs and fences, dogs in an Additional Dog Household may not be chained outside
Obtaining Permits and
There will be a one-time permit fee of $50 for an Additional Dog Household Permit.
This permit is issued to a specific dog owner at a specific address. Additional Dog Household Permits are not transferable to other properties or to other dog owners.
A new permit is not required if new dogs enter the household. However, changes in the dogs living in the household must be documented when new dog licenses are purchased.
If the property owner is not the dog owner, the permit application must be co-signed by the property owner.
Annual dog licenses are required in addition to the Additional Dog Household Permit.
Additional Dog Household Permits will be revoked under the following conditions:
Two convictions for barking or animal-at-large violations in any 12-month period. These convictions are not for each dog, but for the entire Additional Dog Household.
One conviction for animal violence or animal cruelty.
Any conviction for dogs in excess of those allowed by the Additional Dog Household Permit
Failure to clean up backyards within two weeks of a warning notice for offensive pet smells.
Conviction for other dog-related offenses not covered by specific animal control ordinances. For example, health violations might occur because of improper care of dogs inside the home.
Once an Additional Dog Household Permit is revoked, all dogs over two will constitute a violation of Kanab’s two-dog limit and the dog owner will be subject to citation for each dog in excess of two.
The decision to revoke an Additional Dog Household Permit may be appealed to an appeal board comprised of the city manager, the police chief and an individual from the community appointed by the mayor.