Animal welfare ordinance in works in Shelby County

Commissioners in Shelby County have given their initial approval to an ordinance that sets minimum standards for care and feeding of dogs and other pets.
Commissioners in Shelby County have given their initial approval to an ordinance that sets minimum standards for care and feeding of dogs and other pets.

(AP) - Commissioners in Shelby County have given their initial approval to an ordinance that sets minimum standards for care and feeding of dogs and other pets.

Animal welfare advocates have pushed for the measure, which says that animals must receive food and water each day and sets standards for the size and sheltering capacity of dog houses. The city of Memphis already has similar rules.

The Commercial Appeal reports that county commissioners voted 7-5 in favor of the ordinance on first reading Monday. It must pass two more votes before the full commission to become law.

Some commissioners said the rules represent government over-reaching and that the current state anti-cruelty law is sufficient.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal.

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