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Dog and Cat Ordinance Becomes Official

By Staff | Jun 11, 2015

Ordinance 394, as designed by the City of Rugby, outlines the rules and regulations of dog and cat ownership in the city limits and the civil and criminal penalties stemming from ordinance violations. Leash laws are in effect; “Come,” “Sit” and “Stay” just won’t cut it in Rugby anymore. The City Council gave its laws about dog and cat ownership some bite with the publishing of Ordinance No. 394 in this week’s paper. Ordinance No. 394 amends Chapter 6.04 and 6.08 of the City of Rugby Ordinances. The ordinance has been on the books since November, but with the publishing of the ordinance it will now become official.

The purpose is to have a more defined enforceable instrument, as a good faith effort, to reconcile the sometimes-conflicting interests of pet owners, property owners and the safety of the public at large.

The ordinance goes far beyond whether you walk your dog on a leash. If you live in the city limits it will answer questions like: What can I do about the house next door with twenty-eight cats? What can I do about the neighbor’s dog making deposits in my yard? Who can I contact when I am afraid the neighbor’s dog may attack someone at my house? What are my rights as a property owner? It also informs the residents of Rugby that they can now register their dogs and cats for free at City Hall or Rugby Veterinary Clinic with proof of rabies vaccination. It also states that registration is mandatory.

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