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File #: HCC-155-FY23    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/22/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/5/2022 Final action:
Title: Hyattsville Ordinance 2022-05: Animal Welfare and Community Safety Act
Sponsors: City Administrator
Indexes: Ordinance
Attachments: 1. Animal Welfare Ordinance Update, 2. Hyattsville Ordinance 2022-05 Animal Welfare and Community Safety Act
Related files: HCC-83-FY23, HCC-157-FY21, HCC-181-FY21, HCC-52-FY22, HCC-99-FY22, HCC-139-FY23
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Submitted by: Laura Reams
Submitting Department: City Clerk
Agenda Section: Discussion

Item Title:
Hyattsville Ordinance 2022-05: Animal Welfare and Community Safety Act

Suggested Action:
I move the Mayor and Council adopt Hyattsville Ordinance 2022-05, an ordinance whereby the City Council amends Chapter 52 of the City of Hyattsville Code to update and clarify the animal welfare provisions contained therein (SECOND READING & ADOPTION).

Summary Background:
On October 4, 2021, the Council authorized the City Attorney to draft an ordinance amending Chapter 52 of the Hyattsville City Code to update animal welfare provisions, categorize public nuisance and public threat violations pertaining to animals, and clarify City response protocols for animal control complaints. Council discussed the draft on October 3 and requested several changes.

The following changes were made:

* Added definitions of the following terms:
o Public Nuisance Animal (tracks with Section 52-5 of the Code as well as Prince George's County Code)
o Public Threat
o Service Animal (refers to MD State Code, Human Services Article 7-701(g))
o Severe Weather (tracks with County Code 3-101(73)
* Added written warning and citation procedures for tethering of dogs.
* Removed categories 1 & 2 as related to Public Nuisance Animal Violation
* Clarified term for public threat related to domesticated animals
* Added exception for service animals, Section 52-5(4)
* Added exception for K9 dogs, Section 52-5
* Replaced "violations" with "citation" for clarity in Section 52-12.

Additionally, staff member Cinthia Manzano has been selected to serve as the staff animal control liaison. Ms. Manzano will serve as the point of contact for residents who require additional information from Prince George's County Animal Control Division and City departments. She will provide emergency and routine public information and notification when required.

A first reading was held on Novemb...

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