At a recent Traverse City Commission meeting, a dog ordinance was repealed in order to provide clarity in enforcing State regulations. The city repealed the city’s dog leash ordinance (610.05) because it’s duplicative of State law. This will allow Grand Traverse County to provide enforcement of the law instead of the City. Repealing the ordinance doesn’t eliminate leash regulations within the City. The leash regulation required by the State of Michigan law is still in effect and can be found here.
The county will continue to assist the Traverse City Police Department with their animal ordinance enforcement under the state law and the Traverse City Police offered a liaison to work out operational plans for each department. The City’s other animal ordinances can be found here under Chapter 610 – Animals here.
Grand Traverse County commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a new Animal Control Truck during today’s meeting to add to the other two older trucks that they already have. They will acquire a 2018 Ram 1500 ST 4X4 Quad cab and aluminum kennel box for approximately $30,000. The money being spent was represented as being “budget neutral” and coming from several sources. These sources include an approximate $3,000 grant, money from not filling animal control positions for the first three months of this year and money from a contingency fund which was a result of in-direct costs that were budgeted but not spent for 2016 when there were no animal control services. The Animal Control Division will need three trucks as they currently have two Animal Control Officers, one who started last week. A new Supervisor of the Division will start April 9th.
“We’re helping the less fortunate. This is our job.”
To Andrea Slater, they are the less-fortunate in the animal world. One local woman has taken it upon herself to save feral cats, while helping her community battle an ongoing problem. An out-of-the-ordinary idea sparked when Slater rescued a group of stray kittens and their mother from an old barn. Click here for the rest of the story.
The Bureau of Land Management is having a public meeting of their advisory board on Wednesday, March 28th in Salt Lake City, Utah. This advisory board advises the Secretary of the Interior, the BLM Director, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service on matters pertaining to the management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on our public lands.
At stake is the possible change of policy regarding the slaughter of wild horses. The upcoming budget bill could allow the BLM to sell the horses they are managing “without limitation” including to international companies looking to buy the horses for slaughter. These horses can’t currently be sold by the BLM to people who want to turn the horses into horse meat. This would allow removing over 46,000 wild horses over a three year period, including destroying “excess” horses and burros or selling them for slaughter in order to phase out the long-term holding pastures.
The American Wild Horse Campaign and The Cloud Foundation sent a formal letter on March 14th to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and others advising them of their statutory legal violations relating to the recent public notice of this meeting and their failure to follow the legal requirements of a 30-day advanced public notice of a meeting. “The BLM must give proper notice so that the public can have a voice on this issue that so many citizens care about,” said William A. Miller, attorney for the groups. If the BLM fails to take action to correct this violation, the groups say they are prepared to take legal action to compel the agency to do so and seek injunctive relief. Continue reading
Many of us allow our pets to sleep with us, but is it healthy? Are there health risks to letting your dog or cat share the bed with you? How does it affect your relationship with your pet? Below we’ll cover the trends and facts about sleeping with your pet, the benefits and risks, and tips for establishing bedroom boundaries with your furry family members. Click here for the rest of the story.
A northern Michigan humane society is re-opening after being closed for nearly two months. The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society closed after a group of puppies tested positive for the Canine Distemper Virus. The shelter received the group of 70 puppies from Texas after Hurricane Harvey. Click here for the rest of the story.