Council votes to toughen animal cruelty ordinance

The Lebanon City Council passed an ordinance to toughen the city's animal cruelty law at its Monday meeting.

By: 
STEVE SMITH ◆ SSMITH@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon City Council Monday night gave final approval to new language designed to toughen the city's animal cruelty ordinance.

The discussion of animal cruelty laws began after the death of a German shepherd earlier this summer. The dog was confined in a crate outside without food and water. The new ordinance is more specific about what actions constitute cruelty, including failing to provide adequate shelter and food and water.

The old ordinance simply said, "It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to inhumanely, cruelly or unreasonably whip, beat or abuse any animal."

"The old section on animal cruelty was literally one sentence long," said Acting/Assistant City Administrator Ben DeClue. "It's a little vague, especially when it comes to things like, they don't have any water on a hot day and they're chained up. Is that abuse? I would say so, I think you would say so."

DeClue said the new language more clearly defines abuse.

"The city council really wanted a little more expansive definition of abuse laid out, some more specific instances of what would constitute abuse of an animal," he said.

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