Terre Haute city leaders consider changes to animal care rules

Terre Haute city leaders consider changes to animal care rules

Posted: Mar. 14, 2019 10:16 PM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2019 10:16 PM

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terre haute terre haute city leaders are considering changes to animal care rules... and a proposal is already evolving. good evening and welcome to news 10 on my fox 10. a terre haute committee met tonight to talk about an animal care ordinance. after speaking with the public... the group is recommending some changes to the proposal. news 10's heather good is live outside city hall with continuing coverage for you tonight. we've told you about this ordinance... and plans to update rules regarding outdoor pets and even beekeeping. tonight a committee agreed to make some changes to the beekeeping portion of the ordinance -- but -- members say more discussion is necessary on another topic -- city chickens. < terre haute city leaders are considering updates to animal care rules. a committee met thursday evening to discuss a proposal -- with public input. while the ordinance covers many topics... concerned citizens focused on two main areas -- beekeeping and chickens. first... a number of people say they want to be able to raise chickens within city limits. code enforcement officer laurie tharp says she is not in favor. tharp says her office gets 4 to 5 calls a year about chickens running loose... and the department simply lacks the resources to capture and care for the abandoned birds. patti weaver runs the indiana state university community garden and says she raises chickens on her property in the county. she says chickens should be allowed in the city. patti weaver, cares for chickens in the county, says, "it can be regulated. it can be all permitted. your house, six to ten chickens. it all works out very beautifully and they don't make a lot of mess they don't make a lot of smell and it doesn't draw in wild critters." second... the committee came up with three recommendations regarding beekeeping. instead of 75-feet between hives and other property lines as originally planned... the committee is suggesting a 10 foot buffer. the original plan also called for no more than 4-hives on a property less than 10-thousand square feet. the committee is recommending no more than 8. the committee also wants beekeepers to post a sign stating there are hives on their property. beekeeper len mullins says he is pleased with the outcome. city leaders say there may be more discussion and additional committee meetings ahead. district 1 city councilwoman amy auler says, "this is just the start of some discussion, listening to the people on what we need to change."> the city council will talk more about all of this at a meeting here next month. live in terre haute, heather good, news 10. the terre haute police department has a message for those shopping in town. shopping in for those has a message department haute police
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