Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Comparative Analysis of City Dog Ordinances

Prepared By:
Dog Ordinance Committee

December 12, 2008


In the following analysis, each city ordinance has been compared according to applicable similarities. Every attempt was made to categorize, appropriately, all those different ordinances, which serve the same function or provide the same protections or say the same things. The difference between each city ranges widely, not only geographically, wither the city is more rural or urban, but also due to population.

Some cities have more general groupings and some more specific. Other cities give specific examples of what is considered a domestic animal and others define it simply as a cat, or dog.

The number of ordinances does not imply that there is a lack of well-defined information on the subject or that the ordinances are absent. Generally, what has happened is that the city has so categorized and divided the subject down to such specific issues that it has become more entailed than the general category and often overlaps into other categories. In such a case the section number was not repeated.

The recording of when the ordinance was adopted and codified shows how every city realizes the necessity to allow these ordinances to evolve and that changes are always emanate and expected.

Cities such as Maumelle and Winfield, which have a population of similar size, have some great differences in what issues those perspective cities are facing. It becomes apparent after reviewing these ordinances that some cities have a greater need for more regulation according to population and location.

The other cities, given their similarities of population still show great differences in the level of regulation. For that cause some places seem over regulated and others seem far under regulated. Hopefully with this comparison we can incorporate the best of each city.

To briefly highlight some very common similarities, we found that most cities allowed each resident to have no more than 4 dogs. Most cities have an assigned animal control officer, which issues fines and tickets to ordinance violators. Most cities maintained strict adherence to dog registration and impose appropriate penalties upon residents, which violate its ordinance.

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