City proposes changes to animal ordinance

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Craig residents won't be allowed to own pigs, poisonous snakes and reptiles, primates that aren't human or wildlife if Craig City Council approves an updated animal ordinance.

The ordinance would prohibit the adoption of cats and dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.

Before the present revision, the ordinance had not been updated since 1982, Craig police Capt. Jerry DeLong told the City Council on Tuesday.

Those who violate the ordinance typically will be subject to a $50 fine and be required to appear in court. The city council did not vote on the ordinance Tuesday.

Other ordinance revisions included:

No person shall own more than six dogs and cats, two pot-bellied pigs or 15 small animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, which are older than 4 months.

No person shall display an animal in a public place with the intention of selling it or giving it away.

Humane traps will be provided to residents who wish to trap nuisance cats on their property. The cats shall be transported to the city animal shelter.

Although other pigs are banned, pot-bellied pigs are allowed.

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