Radcliff might soon have an ordinance in place that would limit the selling of cats and dogs in the city limits.
Councilwoman Toshie Murrell, who brought the ordinance before Radcliff City Council at a work session Monday, said it was modeled after an ordinance Elizabethtown City Council passed last fall.
Murrell said the ordinance’s purpose was to help limit pet overpopulation.
“[This] means you cannot open up the back of your truck in a parking lot and put up a sign that says, ‘Puppies For Sale,’ ” she said.
Councilman Chris Yates wanted to ensure the ordinance wouldn’t limit sellers too much.
“I would be concerned with, if someone’s dog goes out and gets pregnant, and they want to take the dogs to the vet, get the puppies shots and then they try to resell them to recoup some of the money because they were being responsible owners and making sure the dogs were in proper health” he said.
Murrell said the ordinance wouldn’t stop people from selling pets out of their home, but it might help ensure more pets are vetted and spayed or neutered before getting a home.
“It really is just a good thing for the community to come together and try to do the best we can to stop overpopulating our city and our community,” she said.
Murrell said, in an ideal scenario, the county would adopt a similar ordinance to cover a larger area.
Murrell also said bunnies could be added to the ordinance, although there were no plans to include them as of the work session. She said it would help alleviate some of the burden of rescues that specialize in bunnies, such as the local nonprofit Bun Bun Brigade in Elizabethtown.
The ordinance will be on the council’s agenda at their next meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm Aug. 16 at city hall, 411 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.
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