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File #: 23-0140    Version:
Type: ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/30/2023 In control: City Council
Agenda date: 2/13/2023 Final action: 2/13/2023
Title: Approval of an Ordinance Amending Olympia Municipal Code Subsection 6.04.060(A) Relating to Animal Cruelty
Attachments: 1. 2-13-23 Signed Ordinance 7358, 2. Ordinance

Title

Approval of an Ordinance Amending Olympia Municipal Code Subsection 6.04.060(A) Relating to Animal Cruelty

 

Recommended Action

Committee Recommendation:

Not referred to a committee.

 

City Manager Recommendation:

Move to approve on second reading the Ordinance Amending Olympia Municipal Code Subsection 6.04.060(A) Relating to Animal Cruelty.

 

Report

Issue:

Whether to approve on second reading the Ordinance Amending Olympia Municipal Code Subsection 6.04.060(A) Relating to Animal Cruelty.

 

Staff Contact:

Mark Barber, City Attorney, 360.753.8338

 

Presenter(s):

Consent Calendar Item.

 

Background and Analysis:

Background and Analysis did not change from first to second reading.

 

Last year, the Joint Animal Services Commission (JASCOM) adopted a 5-year Strategic Plan for 2022-2026. Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan is to:  “Expand and improve animal care and programming to support our community’s pets and people.”  Within this goal, the Strategic Plan identifies the following strategy:  “Review, identify, and recommend changes to local ordinances that impede or limit live-saving programs and services within Thurston County.”

 

In alignment with this goal, JAS and JASCOM recommend updating language in the Olympia Municipal Code (OMC) to support the prosecution of animal cruelty.  Current language only allows for the prosecution of owners in regard to cruelty and fails to include language for a person who knowingly inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon an animal. This language closes that gap.

 

Climate Analysis:

The issue of animal cruelty has no impact on climate mitigation.

 

Equity Analysis:

The issue of animal cruelty has no impact on diversity, equity, or inclusion.

 

Neighborhood/Community Interests (if known):

The community has an inherent interest in the prevention of animal cruelty.

 

Options:

1.                     Approve on second reading the Ordinance Amending Olympia Municipal Code Subsection 6.04.060(A) Relating to Animal Cruelty.

2.                     Approve the ordinance with Council-directed changes on second reading.

3.                     Do not approve the ordinance.  The gap for the prosecution of only animal owners for the crime of animal cruelty will remain.

 

Financial Impact:

There is no financial impact related to this code amendment. 

 

Attachments:

Ordinance