Panel to develop big changes in city animal control ordinance

John Paulz

John Paulz Photo by Don Norfleet.

A special committee appointed by Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton moved a step closer Thursday to developing a comprehensive overhaul of the city’s animal control ordinance.

The panel headed by Third Ward Councilman John Paulz will meet again at 10 a.m. next Thursday to continue its deliberation.

Paulz said the panel is studying ordinances from around the nation and throughout Missouri to bring the city’s animal control ordinance up to date.

About 15 years ago, Fulton discontinued registration and tagging of dogs. The city has been plagued recently with numerous incidents of people bitten by dogs running loose.

No final decisions have been reached on specifics of the proposed new animal control ordinance. Paulz said he doesn’t want to predict when the committee will finish its work but he hopes it is soon.

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