In an effort to discourage rouge breeders and operators of so-called pet mills, Elizabethtown Metropolis Council has been requested to think about an ordinance that might prohibit gross sales of canine and cats in retail shops and public parking heaps.
It was proposed by Councilwoman Julia Springsteen, an advocate for animals, as one other means to handle pet overpopulation.
An lawyer, who has accomplished in depth analysis into animal welfare legal guidelines, Springsteen was a founding member of Pals of the Hardin County Animal Shelter and was appointed earlier this 12 months to the Kentucky Animal Management Advisory Board. She’s behind it and she or he clearly qualifies as an authority on this topic.
Comparable legal guidelines have been handed in 400 communities and 30 states, in keeping with the Humane Society of america, however Elizabethtown might be on the forefront of this problem in Kentucky.
Since no native pet provide shops promote canine and cats, Springsteen stated the time is correct for this concept.
“Since we’re not interfering with any present companies, we don’t must grandfather in anyone,” she stated. “It’s simply good timing.”
Mike McNutt, director of Hardin County Animal Care and Management, stated he may consider latest events when a legislation of this nature may have been worthwhile regionally and sees it as a welcomed device.
Within the council’s discussions, one necessary query raised was about enforceability. Evaluating it to the effectiveness of an ordinance in eliminating nightly utilization of client fireworks, Councilman Marty Fulkerson accurately stated town doesn’t want extra rules on the books that can’t be enforced.
However that doesn’t apply right here.
The fireworks ordinance depends on neighbors complaining about neighbors. It creates a possible lasting rigidity. This regulation would equip all pet lovers with the power to contact animal management or police when a rogue breeder is at work. That’s fairly an enforcement community.
This can be a proactive measure. It’s about coping with an issue earlier than it develops and needs to be adopted.
This editorial displays a consensus of The Information-Enterprise editorial board.