South Jacksonville is committed to protecting pets

South Jacksonville is considering several ordinances that would allow greater enforcement of animal-related matters.

Village President Tyson Manker said the ordinances would provide penalties for dog owners who fail to clean up after their animals, as well as those who harm a pet.

“Those are things that should be done, but now there is an enforcement ordinance and the penalties,” said Manker.

The first ordinance would provide a penalty for a dog owner who does not remove animal feces from public places.

“People should be doing that anyway,” said Manker. “You should clean up behind your dog. This only provides penalties for the offense if someone poops your pet in the garden and it is not tidied up. “

The second regulation provides penalties for poisoning a domesticated animal.

“We don’t want an angry neighbor to put poison over the fence,” said Manker. “It seems to be more common than I’d like to think. We’re just trying to get these ordinances in the books. “

South Jacksonville officials aren’t the only ones dealing with animal laws.

The state’s General Assembly passed four bills to better protect domesticated pets – including regulating some sales and banning pet discrimination in the housing industry.

Pet shops could coordinate with animal shelters and rescues to offer adoption events for dogs and cats at their locations.

According to the group Best Friends Animal Society, the bill aims to reduce the breeding of mills that supply many of the animals sold in retail stores.

Housing providers who receive money through the Affordable Housing Act Trust Fund are allowed to have tenants in units of 500 square feet or more that have up to two cats or a dog weighing less than 50 pounds. Nor would you be able to discriminate against a dog based on its breed.

Housing is the second most common reason pets are given up in animal shelters, according to Best Friends Animal Society.

A third bill would prevent homeowners or tenants from being denied coverage or from being terminated because of the breed of an animal.

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