Doylestown Borough Council on Monday approved a new pet ordinance that outlaws animal cruelty in the borough.
Prior to passing the new ordinance, the borough relied on the state standard to enforce incidents involving animal cruelty.The new ordinance is a product of months of work by the Borough’s Community and Governmental Affairs Committee, which worked with various groups, including the Bucks County SPCA, to craft the language.
The ordinance, which passed unanimously by council, includes several measures to improve the health and wellbeing of both pets and residents.
It mandates that dog owners who keep their animals tethered do so in a fashion that keeps them from choking and gives them access to food and water. The ordinance creates standards for owned cats that run at large. It also includes regulations for pet noise and animal waste disposal.