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File #: 55032    Version: 1 Name: Dangerous animals ordinance revisions
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/11/2019 In control: Attorney's Office/Approval Group
On agenda: 4/16/2019 Final action: 4/16/2019
Enactment date: 4/30/2019 Enactment #: ORD-19-00031
Title: Amending Section 25.22 of the Madison General Ordinances to create a definition of subcommittee, creates several methods of how an owner may receive notice of the Department’s determination, removes the requirement that a picture of the owner be taken, revises restrictions of an owner and a new owner of a dangerous animal, and removes the requirement of having a Dangerous Animal License.
Sponsors: Samba Baldeh
Fiscal Note
The proposed ordinance amendment removes the requirement of having a Dangerous Animal License, however, the City has never issued such a license and so there is no fiscal impact. Costs associated with administering the ordinance, including costs for care of impounded animals is already included in Public Health’s budget.
Title
Amending Section 25.22 of the Madison General Ordinances to create a definition of subcommittee, creates several methods of how an owner may receive notice of the Department’s determination, removes the requirement that a picture of the owner be taken, revises restrictions of an owner and a new owner of a dangerous animal, and removes the requirement of having a Dangerous Animal License.
Body
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance creates a definition of a subcommittee to hear appeals of the Department’s dangerous animal determination. This ordinance removes the requirement that the owner must pay all outstanding fees prior to the animal being returned to the owner’s custody, which will allow the Department to establish policies that allow for decisions to be made equitably. This ordinance creates several ways that notice to an owner of the Department’s dangerous animal determination can occur. The ordinance removes the requirement that a picture of the owner be taken. The ordinance creates a restriction that an owner and a new owner of a dangerous animal must comply with all restrictions deemed necessary by the Department to ensure the public’s safety. The ordinance removes the requirement of having a Dangerous Animal License, the City has never issued such a license. The ordinance requires the owner to provide notification to the Department if the owner plans to move and requires the owner to allow the Department to inspect the new residence and adjust restrictions as necessary based on the new residence.

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