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Terre Haute Code Enforcement working to improve conditions for outdoor animals

For 10 months Laurie Tharp with code enforcement and the animal control board had drafted up a revised list of animal control regulations. The biggest pertaining to outdoor animals.

Posted: Mar. 6, 2019 6:51 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)-This winter has been a cold one for the Wabash Valley. That’s why Terre Haute Code Enforcement is looking to better help the animals in the community.

For 10 months Laurie Tharp with code enforcement and the animal control board had drafted up a revised list of animal control regulations. The biggest pertaining to outdoor animals.

If passed it will require outdoor animals to have access to a shelter, but that doesn't just mean giving them a kennel to sleep in. The shelter must meet a full list of requirements and others.

-If the weather is extremely hot or cold outside, the shelter must have some form of heat or cooling.
-It requires animal outside have constant access to water
-Animals may not be tethered for more than two hours at a time.

Right now fines can reach up to $300 for these violations, but Tharp says code enforcement says that's not the point of the changes.

"So that's all that we're asking. We don't want to write tickets. We don't want to fine anybody. We just want to make lives better for our animals in our community," said Tharp.

Thursday the Terre Haute City Council will discuss these amendments and could possibly even vote on them. If you would like to see all the changes being made click on the link here.

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