Councilwoman wants to rescind new kennel ordinance |

Councilwoman wants to rescind new kennel ordinance

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A Summit County councilwoman wants to rescind an ordinance she voted for two weeks ago, which required those in the Snyderville Basin with four or more dogs or cats to apply for a permit before keeping those pets at their homes.

"I don’t like this at all. I want to really undo what we did," Summit County Council Chairwoman Claudia McMullin said. "It’s really not the way to take care of barking dogs."

The County Council voted May 26 to amend the Snyderville Basin Development Code to require pet owners keeping four or more animals in a residential area to obtain conditional use permits from the county.

Last week, some councilpersons appeared to be having second thoughts.

"I’m just not sure I understood what we were doing," Summit County Councilman John Hanrahan said. "What it means is that if I have four dogs I have to go get a conditional use permit for a kennel license."

Those rules may be too onerous for some pet owners, Summit County Councilman Chris Robinson said.

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"If I decide to have four or more of either of these species as house pets, in theory I am breaking the law without getting a permit," Robinson said. "I think there is a distinction between cats and dogs."

The County Council is expected to discuss rescinding the new planning ordinance today at 1:30 p.m. at a meeting at the Summit County Courthouse, 60 N. Main Street in Coalville.

Before councilpersons enacted the rules, Summit County Animal Control already had rules requiring those with four or more dogs to obtain private kennel permits. The new planning ordinance is similar to those regulations.

If councilpersons rescind the new rules, pet owners will still need to obtain kennel licenses from Animal Control.

"We do get quite a few complaints about this," Summit County planner Jennifer Strader said. "Animal Control is starting to issue lots and lots of citations to people who do not obtain kennel permits."

Pets are exempt from the ordinance until they are about six months old. Animals used in agriculture are also exempt.

Before voting last month for the new regulations, Hanrahan said barking dogs bother some homeowners.

Summit County Councilwoman Sally Elliott also said she supports the ordinance.

"It’s a real nuisance and it has to be controlled," Elliott said.

However, McMullin said she hopes councilpersons will vote to repeal the new requirements.

"We made a mistake," McMullin said. "We’re going to reconsider our decision because we cannot sleep at night."