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Washoe County seeks public input on changes to animal ordinances


washoe-300x294-9292106-5069376Open Washoe is an online, community forum created for public input, and Washoe County is asking citizens to go to www.washoecounty.us/openwashoe to comment on proposed animal code changes.

The existing ordinances were last updated in 2005. Changes to animal laws within the state have been made during the past two legislative sessions and the County is required to amend WCC Chapter 55 with those changes. A final document for presentation to the Board of County Commissioners is planned for October.

Please note that public comment on Open Washoe ends Friday, October 3.

Washoe County Regional Animal Services is hosting two more public workshops to get input from the community about proposed changes to the animal control ordinance, Washoe County Code (WCC) Chapter 55.

Two public workshops will be held at Wilbur D. May Center at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Monday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m.

The workshop on September 29 covers animal nuisance issues.

On October 1 feral cats and other animal code topics that haven’t been discussed in previous workshops will be covered.

The goal of the workshops is to hear the changes the public would like to see made to existing code.

Assistant County Manager and Interim Director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services Kevin Schiller will be available for media interviews at 5 p.m.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.