Rich Muller, Herald Staff Writer
Barberton City Council returned from its August break to face legislation including strengthening animal cruelty law and changes to the Foundation’s code of regulations.
A proposed change would enable an animal cruelty charge to be brought against a person who confines an animal in a vehicle under dangerous conditions such as high heat. Other restrictions are proposed such as tethering an animal not more than 10 hours during a 24-hour period and if advisories have been issued bythe National Weather Service or a local or state authority.
Kathleen Kelley of New Franklin told council at the Sept. 4 meeting she has twice been to the Giant Eagle plaza when dogs were kept in hot cars showing signs of distress. She said police were called but in one instance the driver left before an officer arrived. In the second, Sept. 3, she said that after 20 minutes she moved a dog, which was in severe distress, to her air conditioned car and all the officer did was return the dog to its owner with no report or no citation.
Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors Chair Michael Chisnell told council the main purpose of the changes is to align the organization’s regulations with constantly evolving best practices such as the title for Jim Stonkus be president and CEO instead of executive director. Three readings are expected for the proposed changes.
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