FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council is expected to discuss revisions to city code regarding animal control at its Tuesday evening meeting.
"I would like to see there be some discussion about a voluntary licensing system," Mayor Tommy Roberts said.
The council in a July 8 meeting reviewed the revisions, and its members opposed the 13-page document's proposed mandatory animal registration. The changes to the city's code will improve animal welfare, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron has said.
The revisions propose increasing penalties for abandoning, neglecting or maliciously treating animals, and it would add fines for not registering animals or buying litter permits.
Residents who breed dogs or cats would be fined if they didn't buy kennel licenses. If they don't pay the fine, they cannot advertise, sell, barter, exchange or give away their animals.
The revisions prohibit residents from leaving animals in vehicles or trailers in conditions that could kill them.
Twelve sections of the code were amended, one section regarding adopting impounded animals was removed and 11 were added.
"What is published could look different than what was submitted," Roberts said.
Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at 800 Municipal Drive.