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City council tightens dog ordinance

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City council tightens dog ordinance
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson 56482

Rescued dogs enjoy the outdoors Thursday night at the Wadena County Humane Society, two days after the Wadena City Council affirmed a requirement that households with three or more dogs (over six months old) must apply for a kennel permit, which are only available in commercial zones. Prompted by complaints from the animal shelter's neighbors about persistent barking and offensive odors, a city committee reviewed the kennel ordinance and recommended revisions. In a 4-1 vote, the council passed the changes at the May 13 meeting. Most notable: As of June 1, kennel operators "shall not permit noise to be emitted . . . which can be heard by adjoining property owners between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 a.m." - a provision Humane Society officials called inhumane. Police Chief Naomi Plautz said that - after lax enforcement during committee deliberations - her department will return to enforcing the two-dog limit. For a full story, check out next week's paper. The Pioneer Journal invites dog owners to send their thoughts on the kennel ordinance to or share them on our Facebook page.