In March of 2018, the City of Traverse City repealed their dog ordinance to provide clarity in enforcing State laws. They repealed the city’s dog leash ordinance because it was duplicative of State law. Repealing the City’s ordinance didn’t eliminate leash regulations within the city. It was done so that Grand Traverse County Animal Control becomes the sole enforcer of the leash law.
However, also in March, an ordinance was passed in the city that regulates pets in parks within Traverse City limits. This ordinance means that city police can enforce unleashed dogs in the city parks as well as Grand Traverse County police.
This ordinance 1064.11 Pets in Parks. states that no person shall bring or allow any dog or other pet in any park unless the dog or pet is kept on a leash not over eight feet in length, and under the immediate control of a responsible person. Dogs are (only) permitted to be off-leash in city parkland which has been designated as an off-leash area by resolution of the City Commission subject to compliance with the rules and regulations adopted for the designated off-leash areas (dog parks). Continue reading
A growing number of local outdoor eateries, hotels and businesses are opening their doors to pets – and Norm Bowbeer is keeping track. As a bellman, concierge and shuttle driver at the pet-friendly West Bay Beach (a.k.a. Holiday Inn), he really thinks of his job title as Director of Fun. “I work at a pet-friendly hotel, and guests ask me ‘Where can we go?’” he says. So Bowbeer took it upon himself to compile such a listing. It includes some two-dozen outdoor restaurants and pubs in Traverse City, Old Mission, East Bay and Leelanau County. They include the Shed Beer Garden in Old Town, where dogs can eat from their own menu, including the Healthy Hound (crispy salmon treats with rice), the Puppy Patty (a beef burger with cheese), or a gluten-free D.O.G. biscuit. Click here for more on the story. Continue reading
A kitten rescue from a home in Kingsley that began in May is continuing to grow. AC PAW and the Grand Traverse County Animal Control have been making several trips back to the property to rescue the feral cats and kittens. Click here for more on the story.
On the heels of the renovation of Easling Pool, a new community playground, an expanded Norte cycling clubhouse, and a partnership with Parallel 45 to launch an outdoor summer play repertory, two more improvement projects are planned for the Grand Traverse County Civic Center – including the creation of Traverse City’s first east-side dog park. Click here for more on the story.
The two people accused of animal neglect in Grand Traverse County will soon be charged for the crimes, and possibly more. Northern Michigan’s News Leader got a copy of court documents that show Lacie and Joseph Plowman are the owners of the home where the animals were found. We have brought you live to the scene every day since Monday on Voice Road near Paradise Road in Paradise Township. Click here for more on the story.
Grand Traverse County Commissioner Cheryl Gore Follette has been the county’s leading animal control advocate on the Board of Commissioners since she was elected to represent District 3. She is up for re-election this year and faces two Republican primary challengers in August, Brad Jewett and Suzanne Maxbauer (Christine Maxbauer’s sister).
Gore Follette been a leading voice to make sure that the animal control division is fully staffed and fully funded, always voting to support the animals, pet owners and taxpayers in our county. She formed an animal control ad-hoc committee to look into animal control issues and she also advocated to put an animal control millage on the ballot so that the animal control division is fully funded for three years.
Regarding the recent firing of Animal Control Officer Deb Zerafa, Gore Follette has decided to speak out in support of Zerafa’s work for the county. Continue reading