Cleveland Kennel: Cold weather brings an increase in animal neglect. New city ordinances are designed to help animals, especially in extreme weather.

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Cleveland Kennel, “Cold Weather Brings an Increase in Animal Neglect”

New City Ordinances are Designed to Help Animals, Especially in Extreme Weather

Cleveland, January 7, 2015: Effective December 10, 2014, a comprehensive set of ordinances pertaining to animals in the City of Cleveland took effect.  Under ordinance 603.091 (5), a new definition of what is adequate shelter from the elements was added and now reads:  “Shelter from the elements, including heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or excessive direct sunlight. If the animal is housed outside, a structure for shelter and protection must be provided that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of that animal. The structure must be completely enclosed and insulated, having a single entrance/exit secured with a flap or door or similar device. The structure shall be moisture-resistant, wind-resistant, and of suitable size and type to allow the animal to stand, turn about freely, lie in a normal position, and regulate proper body temperature. The structure shall be made of a durable material with a solid, moisture-proof floor and a floor raised at least two (2) inches from the ground. Suitable drainage shall be provided so that water cannot be reasonably expected to gather and stand within ten (10) feet of the structure, and so the animal has access to a dry area at all times. Proper bedding of straw or similar material, that remains dry, must be utilized inside the structure. All structures required by this section shall be subject to all building and zoning regulations.” Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison says “Although I would prefer for animals to be taken inside during extreme weather conditions, this new provision gives a clear definition of what is and is not acceptable.”

Along with renaming the Animal Control Division to “Animal Care and Control,” the new ordinances also call for expedited hearings in cases where animals were impounded or seized for neglect, cruelty, tethering, animal fighting, and animal poisoning. Jamison said “City Council did a great service to the animals of Cleveland by passing these laws. In the past, animals could sit in the kennel for 6 to 8 to 10 months waiting for the court process to play out, which was horrible on a lot of fronts. Now, hearings will be held in a matter of days to determine the disposition of the animals, which will greatly increase the number of animals that we will be able to find homes for.”

Cleveland Kennel is located at 2690 W. 7th Street in Cleveland and is open to the public Mon.-Sat 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  To arrange a meet and greet with a specific dog, email the Cleveland Animal Control Volunteers at ClevelandACVolunteer@gmail.com

Dogs currently available for adoption can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/cacfbavailabledogs

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About Cleveland Animal Care and Control

The City of Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control is an open admission shelter that provides 24 hour a day animal control services to Cleveland residents. The kennel itself is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00-3:00, with Sunday hours coming early in 2015. For more information you can contact Chief Ed Jamison at: 216-664-3069 or ejamison@city.cleveland.oh.us