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Council will discuss stronger pet ordinance

April 1, 2009

South Milwaukee Common Council members will consider an ordinance that would specifically outlaw certain types of pets, including goats.

A draft of the ordinance was discussed by the members of the Legislation and Permits Committee last night, and an updated version will go before the council Wednesday, April 8.

Jackie Ove, public health administrator, said the ordinance is meant to serve as an A-to-Z list of pets that will not be allowed in South Milwaukee. This includes endangered species, wild animals and farm animals like livestock and poultry. Goats are also on the list.

South Milwaukee's Board of Health recently voted to uphold a Health Department order requiring a local family to remove their pet Nigerian dwarf goat from the city. An attorney for the family has questioned the city's actions, saying existing ordinances didn't specifically ban goats.

Animals that are currently allowed under the city's existing exotic pets ordinance - like tropical fish, lizards and parrots -– will still be permitted under the new ordinance, Ove said.

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