Casper City Council looks at animal control ordinance changes

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper may change its animal control ordinance.

Casper City Council members discussed potential changes to the 2019 ordinance at Tuesday’s work session.

Casper City Attorney John Henley proposed multiple minor changes. These include allowing animals to stay in a vacant car in up to 70 degree weather, instead of 60 degrees, prohibiting feeding non-domesticated animals including feral cats and redefining proper shelter to include more safety measures.

The proposal would also add the term “aggressive animal” to the city code. This would allow officers to deem certain incidents less severe than the current “dangerous” or “vicious” standard.

“It’s pretty similar to dangerous actually but this kind of gives the option then to charge it as an ‘aggressive’ as opposed to a ‘dangerous’ if it seems like this was just an aberrant occasion,” Henley said.

Despite concerns from some council members including Councilman Shawn Johnson, Ward II, they decided to move forward with the proposal. They will still have to pass it on three separate readings at regular meetings.