2017-08-06 / News

Expanding the village animal ordinance

In animal-related discussion during the Aug. 1 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, councilman Matthew Hoover talked about the planning commission updating the animal ordinance.

He asked the council, “Are we going as far as requiring cats to be vaccinated for rabies? What if it’s a feral cat? How can you force people to vaccinate their cat when they don’t vaccinate their kids?”

“We also talked about different types of dogs. But it’s not the dog, it’s the owner,” Hoover said.

Councilman Mike Navarre said, “Pit bulls are bred for aggressiveness.”

Councilman Trent Vondrasek said his daughter was bitten by an Akita. He believes a dog’s behavior depends on how it was raised.

Sedlar said he knew a dog that was aggressive toward people, but it wasn’t the way the animal was raised. “Is it the breed or how it was raised?” Sedlar asked.

Hoover also told the council, “We’re adding rabbits to pets like chicken and ducks.”

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