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Archive for Friday, November 6, 1992

UPDATE OF ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE TOPS CITY AGENDA

November 6, 1992

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A proposed update of city animal control laws promises to outlaw most exotic animals within the city, banning such pets as mountain lions, monkeys and grownup pythons.

Dogs and cats are on the shorter list of pets allowed in Lawrence under the draft ordinance.

Lawrence city commissioners will examine the ordinance at their meeting Tuesday, which will begin at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Prompted by complaints of a mountain lion and other potentially dangerous pets kept in the city, Mayor Bob Schulte suggested curtailing the kinds of exotic animals allowed in Lawrence.

"We don't feel it's appropriate to have that kind of animal (mountain lion) in the city limits," Schulte said earlier this week. "There always is the potential for an animal like that to get loose, and there could be serious results from an escape."

Current city laws forbid only pigs from living in the city. Under the proposed changes, all animals but those generally accepted as domestic pets are prohibited.

Dogs and cats still would be welcome, as well as house-friendly ferrets, fish, rodents, birds and turtles, except those varieties protected by state or federal laws such as bald eagles.

The proposed laws also would allow non-venomous snakes less than 8 feet in length, non-venomous lizards, amphibians, and invertebrates. Rabbits also are allowed, but no more than three.

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