County Updates Animal Control Ordinance – Farmville
County updates animal control ordinance
Posted at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022
Due to code changes in Virginia, the Prince Edward County Animal Control Ordinance needs some updates.
At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, September 13, Prince Edward County Animal Control Officer Chris Riviere presented changes to the current order made by County Attorney Terri Atkins Wilson and the Administrator of the Sarah Puckett County.
According to Rivière, they had noticed changes in the Virginia Code from 2019 in reference to animal control laws. By reviewing the ordinances already in place for the county, they found a few areas that need updating to reflect what the state has changed. Overall, there are three main changes to the current order.
A look at the changes
The most significant change appeared in Section 10-100, which updated the county’s code for hazardous and hazardous products. Vicious dogs. This change noted in the code explains how law enforcement or animal control officers must issue a summons for the dog and that the hearing or appeal will not take place within 30 days of the summons to unless the court finds just cause.
“The biggest section was actually the dangerous dog and vicious dog section,” Rivière said. He explained that in the past, county staff had used the state order to charge someone with having a dangerous dog. However, the county has a dangerous dog ordinance, so the staff simply adapted it to reflect what the state version says.
Another change is made to section 10-61 dealing with rabies clinics. Previously, the county was responsible for having rabies clinics available once a year. From now on, the county will ensure that a rabies clinic is held at least once every two years.
The final change did not affect local pet owners. This was simply to reword part of Section 10-10 to ensure it refers to the Virginia Code. According to Riviere, it was a law that was repealed and replaced by a newer version. The county therefore had to update it by adopting the amendments.
“It was clear the state had gone through and updated a few laws and we wanted to make sure we were in compliance with that and update what we had,” Rivière said.
The Supervisory Board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on these changes at its meeting on Tuesday, October 11. Rivière will be present at the hearing to answer any questions the Commission or citizens may have.