New ordinance for care of pets in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Commissioners in Shelby County have approved a companion-animal ordinance that defines a minimum level of care owners are required to maintain for their pets

The ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Steve Mulroy, requires that a shelter for a dog must have a roof, four sides, a floor and should be big enough for the animal to freely turn around, sit, stand or lie down.

The ordinance also defines how long a tie-out must be and how the animal should be attached to that tie-out. An owner will be cited for instances of neglect or abuse.

Mulroy says that before the ordinance, the county did not require pet owners to feed a pet and change its water once a day, or provide some form of shelter.

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