Worcester County Commissioners voted down a bill that would have established fines for owners of barking dogs, leading at least one citizen who supported the measure to howl.
Jack Davis, a Bishopville resident, made barking noises as he left the commissioners Tuesday night meeting in Snow Hill — in an attempt to show just how annoying the sound can be, according to DelmarvaNow.com.
“It’s really rough when you retire and you want to sit on your porch and in your yard, and hear dogs barking all day long,” Davis said.
In a 4-3 vote, the commissioners nixed legislation that would have levied fines on dog owners for uncontrolled barking and howling in the Maryland county.
“At what point do you start legislating cats and frogs and everything else?” said Commissioner Virgil Shockley.
Worcester County Animal Control would have been responsible for enforcement of the law, charging owners with a civil infraction, and up to a $500 fine, if their dogs barked for more than an hour.
Of the half-dozen residents who spoke at a public hearing on the issue, all were in favor of the law.
Animal Control Officer Susan Rantz said the county commissioners would be better off looking at the county’s chained dog law. ”I don’t understand how a fine is going to stop the dogs from barking,” Rantz said. ”There are reasons the dogs bark, and I think it’s because they are on
Posted by jwoestendiek May 21st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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We like this little story out of Van Buren County, Michigan.
The county board has rejected a proposed ordinance that would have allowed ticketing of dog owners if their pets barked, yelped or cried for more than 15 minutes straight between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The ordinance, which also required that dogs be on leashes while outdoors, had been debated for more than two years, with critics calling it an intrusion on their rights. Hunters objected, as did those who use guard dogs. Only one member of the county board voted for it.
But the real reason we like it is for its dateline, for the vote was taken in the county seat – a little town called Paw Paw.
(The town is named after the Paw Paw River, which was named by Native Americans after the paw paw fruit that grew abundantly along the river’s banks.)
Posted by jwoestendiek December 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Almost two of every three pet owners prefer dogs, according to an online poll conducted jointly by the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers Asociation.
Of more than 9,000 votes cast, dogs fetched 65 percent of them. The votes in the “pet preference” poll were tallied over eight weeks on the website meetthebreeds.com.
Inspired by the upcoming Meet the Breeds event, the world’s largest showcase of cats and dogs, the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers’ Association joined forces this summer to put an end to the age old debate over whether dogs or cats are more beloved.
While cats outnumber dogs by nearly 13 million among the pet-owning American public, dogs fetched 65% of the vote, with the widest margins of victory in Chicago, Seattle, and Detroit.
Cats fared slightly better, but still beneath dogs, in Philadelphia, Houston and Baltimore. The city-by-city tallies can be found on the Meet the Breeds website.
Voters were allowed to present their arguments along with their votes. Here are some of them, according to an AKC press release.
– Don’t hang all over you wanting attention … they don’t eat disgusting things and then try to lick your face.
– Don’t have to be walked and they don’t bark!
– Are much easier to live with – with much less work.
Dogs on the other hand “walk around with a smile as man’s best friend and are always there for us.”
And as for a cat’s nine lives, one voter said, “Cats have to have do-over lives because they didn’t figure out how to have fun the first time around.”
Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, Meet the Breeds will be held October 17 & 18, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The event will showcase 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet.
More information and tickets are available at meetthebreeds.com.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 15th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Whether dogs should get a couple of hours access a day to Willard Beach in Maine will be decided by voters.
South Portland city councilors voted unanimously Monday night to put the issue of dogs on the Nov. 3 ballot as a referendum question, TV station WMTW reports.
The issue has been debated for close to 20 years, and recent changes, after a push by dog owners, opened the beach up to dogs from 7 to 9 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
After that, those opposed to dogs on the beach in the summer gathered more than 1,000 signatures, enough to present the issue to city council.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 8th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Baltimore’s City Council tonight approved lowering the fine for leash law violations from $1,000 to $200 for a first offense.
Subsequent offenses would carry fines of $400 and $600.
A city council committee recommended the changes after a hearing held last week.
The council also voted to lower the fine for failing to clean up dog waste from $1,000 to $200.
Councilman James Kraft said he would try to get Mayor Sheila Dixon to sign the legislation tomorrow.
The higher penalties went into effect in February. Though they were approved by the city council, several members say they voted for them inadvertently while approving broad changes in the city’s dog law.
Complaints about the higher fines surfaced after animal control officers began handing out $1,000 citations in March. At least 35 were issued, but city officials say those citations will revert to the lower fine.
The council also approved giving the Recreation and Parks Department authority to designate leash-free areas and hours at city parks.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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