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City council tightens dog ordinance

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.