Heidelberg council to revisit animal ordinance |

Heidelberg council to revisit animal ordinance

Heidelberg council is revisiting the borough’s animal-maintenance ordinance to include regulations that would outline ownership, boarding and other issues related to domestic animals, chickens, bees and exotic animals.

Borough officials tackled the topic at the Nov. 11 workshop meeting.

The main discussion involved proposed changes to limit the number of cats or dogs a resident can own to three, while also requiring any pets to either be in a fenced area or on a leash while outside.

“I don’t feel like we should be limiting the number of pets someone should have or making them have to build a fence,” said Carrie Nolan, council vice president.

The discussion ended with individual council members planning to submit their proposed revisions in writing by the first week of December.

Other proposed sections of the ordinance included prohibiting the ownership of exotic or wild animals and restricting bees in a similar fashion to farm animals. In addition, council members discussed whether to make it illegal to maintain farm animals on less than 5 acres.

The ordinance will be revisited at the Dec. 9 council meeting.

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