Council Chat: Valerie Schey

South Bend, Ind. For nearly a year the South Bend Common Council has been seeking input on changes to animal care and control under chapter 5 of the city’s municipal code.

On Wednesday in our monthly chat with the council, Valerie Schey joined us to talk about the next step. Schey officially filed the ordinance with the city clerk’s office. The council will consider the measure next month.

There is an event coming up, hosted by The American Democracy Project, called “Pets or Property: South Bend’s Laws Governing Pet Ownership”. It will be held at IU South Bend’s Wiekamp Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

Schey says the South Bend Animal Care and Control Special Committee will be there to explain more about the proposed changes including:

--Placing an increased emphasis on spay & neuter as a matter of public health and safety.

--Replacing breed specific legislation with behavior specific legislation

--Adding universal leash laws

--Providing for the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return

--Adopting language to prohibit extending periods of tethering

--Providing for greater regulation and oversight for minor and major dog breeders

--Increasing punitive measures for those who abuse and neglect pets

There will be a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session. Wiekamp Hall is at the corner of 21st St. and Mishawaka Ave. You can park for free in the attached parking garage.

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