Council putting teeth in animal protection law

March 31, 2015

If you own a dog, cat or other domestic animal, be prepared to accept more responsibility for their care. Amended legislation that drastically increases the penalties for animal neglect, including leaving animals without shelter, food and water, is being considered by Council and will likely be passed next Monday evening. The proposed penalty for neglect will be increased to a misdemeanor of the first degree, which could result in significant fines and jail time. The amended legislation strictly defines adequate shelter and limits tethering or chaining animals outside. The new legislation is being patterned after Cleveland’s animal protection laws. Also Monday, Council again debated a resolution urging the city and unions to eliminate hurdles for ex-felons seeking employment. While all Council members supported the spirit of the resolution, some opposed the wording of certain sections. They agreed to meet with the resolution’s sponsors this week to draft a resolution both sides could support. 

March 30, 2015 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.