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County asks for citizen input in animal code changes

By Miriam Hodgman

Washoe CountyWashoe County Regional Animal Services is seeking approval from the Board of County Commissioners on October 14 for the first reading of animal code changes involving dangerous dogs, animal control officer powers and duties, and commercial breeding.

The goal of Open Washoe is to get input from the community about proposed changes to the animal control ordinance, Washoe County Code (WCC) Chapter 55. Animal Services is asking the public to go to Open Washoe and review the document that will be presented to the Board on October 14. The document reflects changes based on public input from Open Washoe and the workshops.

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.

These topics are going to the Board before other topics due to legal obligations from the Nevada Legislature and the creation of Animal Services as a department.

Please go to Open Washoe to comment. Comments collected on Open Washoe will be taken to the Board. Open Washoe closes Friday, October 10.

For more information about the Board of County Commissioners meeting, head to www.washoecounty.us/bcc.

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