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City considering changes to animal control ordinance

October 10, 2011

Trisha Charlton took her dog Bear out for a walk in the cool fall temperatures Monday morning. The City of Borger is currently working on changes to its animal control ordinance that will affect pet owners in the community, and is seeking the input of the public before taking further action. PHOTO BY DON RICE

Officials seeking opinions from the public prior to passage

The City of Borger is considering changes to its animal control ordinance. However, before these changes are made, it is seeking input from the public regarding these pending changes.
Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, said that in order to allow ample time for public comment, the city council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Animal Control Ordinance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.
Those wanting to read the ordinance in its entirety can find it on the City of Borger web site at www.ci.borger.tx.us.
The city council will consider introduction of the proposed animal control ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 15, 2011. Edwards said the council’s consideration on final approval of the ordinance is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 6, 2011.
The intent and purpose of the ordinance is to provide a safe and healthy environment within the City of Borger for both people and animals.
However, the ordinance also comes with the recognition that while people may own and keep animals within the city, the conduct of those animals should be controlled for public safety.
The conditions in which they are kept should be appropriate as to protect the animals and avoid infringement on the peace and enjoyment of surrounding property, homes, and property owners.
The ordinance may be enforced by animal control officers, animal control technicians, animal control veterinary conditions, peace officers, and any such other persons as designated by the Borger Chief of Police.
Those authorized to enforce the ordinance may issue citations for violations of the ordinance. The power and authority will exist regardless of whether the animal made the subject of the citation has been impounded.
An issue addressed in this ordinance is running at large. A person commits an offense if he owns, keeps, harbors, or otherwise has control over any animal within the city and allows the animal to run or be at large on any public highway, street, alley, court, square, park, or sidewalk.
This also covers any other public or private grounds not owned by the animal’s owner or property within the corporate limits of the city.
An animal, which is off the premises of its owner, will be deemed to be running at large under circumstances where the animal is not either restrained by means of a leash, chain, or other physical restraint of sufficient strength to control the animal while off the premises of its owner.
This also covers circumstances of the animal not being under the immediate control of the owner or other responsible person present with the animal and immediately obedient to that person’s commands.
An animal will also be classified as running at large, on its owner’s premises, under circumstances where the animal is not confined within a secure enclosure or is not restrained by a leash, rope, chain, or other tethering device sufficient to restrain the animal to the owner’s premises.
Another condition in which an animal falls under this stipulation is if the animal is left unattended in a motor vehicle or the bed of a pickup truck and is not tethered or confined so as to prevent the animal from exiting the vehicle of its own volition or posing a risk to passerby.
The following conditions will not constitute an animal running at large, either on or off the premises of its owner:
*If the animal is physically held by the owner or other responsible person of competent strength
*If the animal is in the immediate presence of the owner or other responsible person and is immediately obedient to that person’s command
*If the animal is confined within a motor vehicle or secured within the confines of the bed of the pickup truck in such manner that it cannot exit the vehicle by its own volition.
Animal control authorities may impound any animal observed to be at large, whether the animal is on public or private property not owned by the animal’s owner.
If the authority observes an animal to be at large and observes the same animal to return to the property of its owner, he or she may impound the animal for the observed violation and may issue a citation to the owner for the animal running at large.
Authorities are specifically authorized to enter onto private property, other than a private dwelling, for the purpose of impoundment of an animal observed to be or to have been running at large or for the purpose of issuing a citation to the owner of the animal or both.
There will be continued coverage of the proposed animal control ordinance throughout this week’s editions of the Borger News-Herald.
People with any suggestions, comments, or concerns can contact Animal Control Supervisor Betsy Parks at the City of Borger Animal Shelter or at 806-273-0973 during normal business hours.

Comments

animal control ordinance proposed changes

October 28, 2011 by jr shikoski (not verified), 2 years 51 weeks ago
Comment: 790

why in the world bother making changes? this town doesn't enforce the ordinance as it currently stands! from what i've seen and experienced over the last seven years, people working for animal control are being paid for nothing. this town is overrun with dogs running loose, feral cats, and uncontrolled breeding of both. animal control could care less. even when you trap them yourself and hold them for animal control to come pick up, they manage to allow them to escape before they even get them in the truck. that is, of course, if they even bother to show up at all in response to a call! with all the rabid skunks, etc., in the panhandle, i think this is grossly irresponsible.

maybe all that's needed is for animal control to actually do the job they are being paid for! i bet everyone would be a lot happier if that ever happened. i know we would be.

animal control

October 13, 2011 by April (not verified), 3 years 1 week ago
Comment: 778

I think this might be good to control the dogs running the streets, but when motorcycles rev their cycles and then race down residental streets the dogs are going to bark and chase them if they get the chance. I think there are more important things that need to be addressed before you start harressing the owners of the animals. This was tried once before here in Borger and it was just forgotten after awhile. Why don't you do something about the loud motorcycles? They are as bad as dogs barking.

Dogs At Large

October 10, 2011 by Robert watkins (not verified), 3 years 2 weeks ago
Comment: 777

THE CITY OF BORGERS NEW ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE IS A GREAT THING - I VOTE FOR IT TO PASS IN THE WORST WAY-- AND ANYONE WHO RIDES A MOTORCYCLE WILL AGREE.WE NEED TO CARRY A CLUB FOR DOGS CHARGING AT US.
MAIN AREAS INCLUDE NORTH HILLS EDITION - ALONG FROMA ST.AND TURNER ST.
AND FOR SURE GOLF CLUB EDITION-NEED TO MAKE SOME VERY STIFF FINES.
THE DOG PROBLEM WITH MOTORCYCLES IS CITY WIDE& BARKING AND HOWLING ALL NIGHT- KEEPING EVERYONE AWAKE-THERE IS TOO MANY PIT BULLS RUNNING LOOSE.
NEED TO OPEN A SEASON ON PITT BULL AND ROTWIELERS -AND PUT THEM OUT OF THIER MYSERY.THEY ARE NOT SAFE AROUND KIDS AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL.
INCLUDING ALL BREEDS.I HAVE DOGS MYSELF AND WE CONTROL THEM AND TAKE CARE OF THEM AND THEY ARE CONTAINED 24 HOURS A DAY.
LETS GET THIS LAW PASSED FOR OR KIDS AND PEOPLE ON FOOT AND THE PEOPLE
RIDING BIKES AND MOTORCYCLES.WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS.
IF WE TAKE CARE OF IT OURSELF THE CITY FINES YOU FOR ANIMAL CRUALTY.
SO THE CITY NEEDS TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE BIG PROBLEM & CLEAN IT UP.

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