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New rules expected for Lafayette pet owners

Pet owners in Lafayette could soon have a new set of rules to follow.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 10:11 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 4:51 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Pet owners in Lafayette could soon have a new set of rules to follow. The city's animal control ordinance is being updated for the first time in several years.

One change is stricter care requirements for the types of shelters pet owners provide animals. Specifically, making sure people provide sufficient housing for extremely hot or cold conditions.

The city has a three and three rule, meaning a person can only have three dogs and three cats in one home. That will stay the same, however now updates to the ordinance will allow animal control to take an animal away if that rule is broken. We previously reported that a woman was removed from her home in early October after ten cats were found in what officers called an animal hoarding situation. 

Chief Animal Control Officer Josh Klumpe said the changes are needed.

"Really we've only been a department in the city since 2007 so we are still pretty infant and as we grow and our responsibility to our city grows, we have more and more problems,"said Klumpe.

Animal control officers will also be enforcing stricter fines for habitual offenders. The updates still have to be approved by city council.
That meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5th. 

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