Marion Establishes New Animal Ordinance
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Apr 3 2014 11:01AM
It’s now final. The Marion City Council has adopted stricter regulations to help control the problem of stray animals. The new ordinance mandates spaying and neutering and breeding licenses, and prohibits unsupervised chaining of animals. Violators will have to pay fines.
Some opponents of the spaying and neutering mandate include breeders and those involved in showing dogs. They say the newly imposed “tax” takes away their freedom to show dogs because they must remain “intact” to do so. One Marion resident told the council the new rules punish responsible pet owners.
The amended ordinance passed on a 7 to 1 vote. The council will review it in one year.