The Sedalia City Council has unanimously endorsed comprehensive amendments to the City Code. These changes aim to reinforce public safety while elevating animal welfare and offering greater flexibility for pet ownership within the city.
“This revised ordinance is a testament to our commitment to both the safety of our citizens and the humane treatment of animals,” said Honorable Mayor Andrew Dawson. “It balances the need for public safety with the desire to afford residents more flexibility in the types of pets they can responsibly keep.”
Key Amendments include:
- Streamline Authorization for Warrants: Authorization for Animal Control to acquire administrative search warrants for suspected code violations. This expedites the City’s ability to ensure both public and animal welfare, while also maintaining the rule of law through court oversight, providing a well-calibrated system of check and balances.
- Missouri State Fair Exemption: An explicit exemption for activities related to the annual Missouri State Fair.
- Clarified Definitions: Detailed definitions for domesticated animals, providing a clearer framework that allows residents greater choice in pet ownership while maintaining community safety.
- Enhanced Penalties: Stricter penalties have been implemented for recurring violations, especially those involving animal aggression or nuisance issues, serving as an effective deterrent against actions that compromise public safety.
“These changes equip our Animal Control Officers with the vital tools they require to foster a secure and humane environment for all residents – human and animal alike,” added Mayor Dawson.
The ordinance takes effect immediately following its signing by the Mayor on September 5, 20023.