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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TO VOTE ON ORDINANCE THAT WOULD PREVENT INHUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS

PRESS RELEASE                                    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Contact: Kim Garner

Phone: 205-254-2036

Email: kimberly.garner@birminghamal.gov

The Birmingham City Council’s Public Safety Committee will be considering an ordinance that would amend the city’s code to prevent animals from being inhumanely tethered.

According to the proposed amendments, it will be unlawful for anyone to tether a dog or other animal with a chain or to a fixed point. Among other changes, owners will be required to provide a running line for their animal and, according to the ordinance, “the tether must be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the dog, with enough room between the collar and the dog’s throat through which two fingers may fit.”

Councilor Hunter Williams, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, said these changes are necessary to prevent the passive abuse of animals.

“When I drive through our city, I’ve grown increasingly disturbed by the number of animals that I see inhumanely chained and left unattended,” Williams said. “These changes are about holding people responsible for their actions towards animals they’ve chosen to care for.”

The Public Safety Committee will be considering these changes on Tuesday, July 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

Here is a copy of the proposed ordinance.

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