Saturday, May 09, 2009

Machester MI Bans Exotic Pets

A recent case of an alligator being kept at a local residence prompted
safety concerns from many people in the Manchester community.
At its April 20 meeting, the Manchester Village Council took a step in
alleviating fears by adopting a new ordinance regarding exotic and wild pets.
Village Ordinance 272, which bans the owning or keeping of exotic animals
in the community, was passed unanimously.

The ordinance will go into effect in late May around the Memorial Day
weekend.

At the council's April 6 meeting, village residents expressed concern about
an alligator being kept at a residence on City Road.

"The main concern was the health and safety of the people in the
community," Village Manager Jeff Wallace said. "There was nothing in our
ordinances

regarding the issue, so when the police and Humane Society came there was
nothing they could do about it."

During that meeting, members of the council reviewed four exotic pet
ordinances from different communities and agreed that an ordinance against
exotic pets be implemented in Manchester.

The ordinance reads that no person, corporation or organization can house
or maintain any exotic or wild animal within the Village of Manchester. A
person who owns or keeps such an animal on the effective date of the
ordinance must remove it from the village within 30 days.

The ordinance defines "exotic or wild animals" as those not occurring
naturally in the state. Among the animals listed were alligators, antelope,
badgers, bats, beaver, bears, bisons, bobcats, camels, cheetahs, chipmunks,
constriction snakes, cougars, coyotes, crocodiles, crows, deer, ducks,
elephants, elk, fox, gamecocks (or other fighting birds), geese, goats, gophers,
groundhogs, hippopotami, hyenas, jaguars, lions, leopards, llamas, lynx,
mink, moles, moose, muskrats, opossums, otters, ostriches, owls, panthers,
peacocks, pheasants, piranha fish, porcupines, primates, apes, chimpanzees,
gibbons, gorillas, orangutans, siamangs, baboons, pigs, wild pigs, pumas,
mountain lions, quail, raccoons, reptiles, rhinoceroses, seals, sharks,
skunks, poisonous snakes, snow leopards, poisonous spiders, squirrels, tigers,
whales wild rabbits, wild turkeys, wolf-dog crosses, wolverines, wolves,
zebras and any other traditional farm animals.

"If you allow someone to keep an alligator in their homes and do nothing
about it, how far can people go?" Wallace said. "That's why we tried to make
it as specific as possible."

The general penalties for violation of the ordinance could include up to a
$1,000 fine and possible 90 days in jail. Each violation is considered a
separate offense.

For more information on the exotic pet ordinance, visit the Village of
Manchester's Web site at _www.vil-manchester.org_
(http://www.vil-manchester.org/) .

Staff Writer Ed Patino can be reached at 428-8173 or _epatino@..._
(mailto:epatino@...) .

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