City animal control officers could get more power to seize nuisance pets

Council to vote on measure at meeting Monday evening

May 05, 2014|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore animal control officers would have more leeway to seize dogs, cats or other pets deemed to be a nuisance under a measure the City Council will consider Monday.

The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Robert W. Curran, would allow animal control officers to evaluate complaints, such as dogs barking or running loose, and decide whether to take the animal to the pound without having to observe the violation.

The animal's owner could get the pet back after a hearing process in the city Health Department, Curran said.

Curran said the legislation is the latest in a series of changes intended to update the city's animal control code, which in recent years removed the need for some households with multiple pets to obtain kennel licenses.

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