Tulsa City Council approves new pet care ordinance

TULSA — The Tulsa City Council passed a new ordinance to improve the quality of life for animals. Violators are warned that their pets may be confiscated for non-compliance after written notice.

The new laws mandate that pets be given adequate food and water, and that their living quarters be kept sanitary.

The ordinance prohibits the use of “rigid” tethering techniques, such as choke collars or very small ones.

Other teaching requirements include overnight curfews. “Pet owners are also prohibited from leashing their pets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” the city council said. Ordinance.

Additionally, outdoor shelters should be spacious enough for dogs to stand up and move around. They should also be made of strong, weather-resistant materials.

The City Council agreed on what temperature to include in the ordinance. According to the ordinance, dogs must also be brought into a temperature-controlled facility when the temperature is 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

At 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, shade must be provided in accordance with the ordinance.

“We see a lot of animals that live their lives outside that are unable to regulate their body temperature above a certain temperature and then below a certain temperature,” said Colton Jones, operations manager for Tulsa Animal Welfare. are.” “It creates a lot of problems for them as well, so we’re really trying to find that balance to provide the best quality of life for the animals in our city.”

While the ordinance is gaining community support, some call for more clarity, particularly for service dogs.

Scott Tarpley, owner of Unlimited Canine of Tulsa, supports the new rules for personal dogs. However, he proposes separate requirements for professional dogs.

“I support it, for personal dogs, for domestic dogs, for pet dogs,” Tarpley said. “It’s a really good step, but it also needs to be adapted for professional dogs, police dogs, working dogs.” said Tarpley.

Animal welfare and police officers are authorized to enforce the ordinance, the city council said.

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