Animal Ordinance Amended At Wright Township Meeting

Since there have been complaints regarding animals disturbing the peace, the Wright Township Board of Supervisors addressed the issue by amending the animal ordinance at their July 14 meeting. The amended ordinance provides a more reasonable standard in dealing with animals.

According to the amended Chapter 52, an animal is considered to disturb the peace and cause annoyance if the animal barks, howls or makes other loud noises continuously for a period of 10 minutes or intermittently for 20 minutes or more to the disturbance of an other person any time of day or night regardless of whether the animal is physically on private property.

If a person receives a written date the warning is received, a second warning is received regarding the same offending animal, a complaint will be filed with the Magistrate. Upon conviction of a violation, the owner or custodian of the animal will be sentenced to pay a minimum fine of $300 up to a maximum fine not to exceed $1,0000, plus cost of prosecution. In default of payment, the violator will be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, If convicted a second time, the minimum fine imposed is $500 and a maximum fine of $1000, plus court costs, and be subject to a sentence in the county jail not to exceed 30 days.

The board also adopted an

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