TULSA — The Tulsa City Council is passing a new ordinance to improve the quality of life for animals. warn offenders that their pets could be impounded for non-compliance after a written notice.
The new rules state that pets must receive adequate food and water and that their living quarters are kept in a sanitary condition.
The ordinance prohibits the use of “harsh” restraint techniques, such as choke collars or very small ones.
Other tethering requirements include overnight restraint. “Pet owners are also prohibited from leashing their pets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” the city council said. arrangement.
Additionally, outdoor shelters should be spacious enough for dogs to stand and turn around. They should also be made of sturdy, weather-resistant materials.
The city council agreed on what temperatures to include in the ordinance. “Dogs must also be transported to temperature-controlled facilities when the temperature is 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below,” according to the ordinance.
At 85 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, the ordinance requires that shade be provided.
“We see a lot of animals that live their lives outside and can’t really regulate their body heat above certain temperatures and then below certain temperatures,” said Colton Jones, Operations Manager at Tulsa Animal Welfare. “It creates a lot of problems for them as well, so we’re really trying to find that balance to give the animals that are in our city the best quality of life that we can.”
While the ordinance is gaining community support, some are calling for further clarity, especially for service dogs.
Scott Tarpley, owner of Unlimited Canine of Tulsa, supports the new rules for personal dogs. However, it proposes separate requirements for professional dogs.
“I support it for personal dogs, for dogs in the home, for pets,” Tarpley said. “It’s a very good step forward, but it also needs to be adapted for professional dogs, for police, for working dogs.” Tarpley stated.
The City Council said Philozoiki and police officers are authorized to enforce the ordinance.
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