Lyons Town Council passes animal ordinance
By Nick Schneider, ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
LYONS – The Lyons Town Council took action Thursday night that will provide guidelines for the current and future raising or the housing of domestic animals, fowl, wild animals, or exotic animals by property owners or occupants within the town limits.
The council unanimously passed an ordinance that will establish the authorized use of real estate after a complaint was heard about a horse pen located about 40 feet from a neighbor several months ago, according to council president Scott Powers.
“We’re just worried about what had happened a couple of months ago,” Powers said prior to passage of the new regulations.
The ordinance does have certain exemptions that will allow for the “grandfathering” of regulations – providing guidelines are met.
The measure – that will be effective immediately after publication in a legal notice in The Daily World – makes it unlawful to house certain kinds of animals on real estate that is smaller than one-half acre in size.
Under terms of the ordinance, property owners or tenants on land that is under one-half acre will not be able to raise horses, ponies, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, llamas, or other similar domestic animals; turkeys, chickens, peacocks, ostriches, and other similar fowl; deer or other similar wild animals; or exotic animals, including but not limited to elephants, tigers, lions, poisonous snakes, poisonous spiders, scorpions, constricting snakes, wolves or other similar animals that require a permit from any agency within the State of Indiana or any federal government agency.
Among the exemptions:
€ Properties already housing animals listed in the ordinance – prior to enactment of the ordinance – will be allowed to continue housing those animals provided they do not pose a threat to the health of the animals or any of the town residents.
€ Those properties – one-half acre or larger in size – who have obtained verbal permission from all property owners within 200 feet of the property intended to house animals that are not posing a threat to the health of the animals or any of the town residents.
€ Properties – under one-half acre in size – who have obtained written permission with notarized signatures of all property owners within 200 feet of the property of the property intended to house animals that are not posing a threat to the health of the animals or any of the town residents, who submit with petition in the form of a letter depicting placement and care of the animals.
Violation of the ordinance carries a possible fine of up to $1,000 for each offense and each day of continued violation will be considered a separate offense.
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