City council seeks input on proposed pet ordinance

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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:00 am

The Ralston City Council is seeking public input on a proposed ordinance that would change the city's current rules on pet ownership.

At the Dec. 3 council meeting, the ordinance, which would allow residents to keep up to three animals, dogs or cats, in any combination, passed a first reading on a 4-2 vote. Since then, Ralston Mayor Don Groesser and the council have asked for the public to come forward at the 7 p.m. Dec. 17 council meeting and weigh in on the matter before a final vote is cast.

“We want to ask, 'What does everyone feel about the situation of two dogs, one cat, or two cats one dog?'” Groesser said. “I know there may be some people who are concerned about barking or others who are concerned about keeping their pets. We want more input.”

Presently, city ordinance allows residents to keep three pets, but only in a prescribed combination: up to two cats and one dog or up to two dogs and one cat.

Both the current ordinance and the proposed ordinance deal only with cats and dogs.

The issue now before the council was raised several months ago when a recently arrived resident in Ralston with three dogs realized she would be unable to keep one of the dogs, based on the stipulations of the current ordinance.

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