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Animal Laws from 1953Posted Friday, December 28, 2012, at 9:18 PM
Salsa is reading up on the Animal Laws.
It has been on my ''to do'' list to research Spencer, Iowa's Animal Laws. I felt I knew the important ones, clean up after your dog and always have your dog on a leash. When I was thinking of fostering pit bull type dogs, I did call the Police Department as well as City Hall to make sure there was not a breed ban or certain restrictions on these dogs. I was pleasantly surprised when the answer was ''no''.
When you decide to bring a pet into your family, do you even think about checking what the animal laws are? How would you know what they were? Do you need to register your dog with the city? How do you find this information?
I found them, with the help of Dave Munson, at the City of Spencer's website ( http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codeboo.... I encourage you to take a look at them. Something I find shocking is that most of these Ordinances were written in 1953! I think my favorite one is 6-4-5 Hitching To Hydrants, Trees. If you're going to ride your horse to town, don't tie him up to a fire hydrant, telegraph, telephone, electric light or other pole, or to any fence, tree, shrub, or other property. You may just get a ticket!
Obviously we need to revisit some of these laws and bring them literally into the next century. This is something we need to do as a community. What would you like to see in Spencer's Animal Laws? Here's your chance.
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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer