JUST IN: Montcalm County BOC sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:41 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

STANTON — After another meeting full of emotional public comments, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 7-1 today to send proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance back to the drawing board.

Commissioner Tom Lindeman of Greenville cast the lone opposing vote. Commissioner Ron Baker of Howard City was absent from today’s meeting.

The primary concern about proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance involves a proposed cap of six dogs as the maximum number of dogs people are allowed to keep inside their house. Anyone with more than six dogs would need to register for a kennel license and put those dogs in a kennel, which must be a four-sided structure with a roof outside the human dwelling.

But for now, the proposed kennel changes aren’t being implemented, due to an outpouring of concern from local dog owners. The county’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee will revisit the issue during their next regular meeting, which will likely take place April 13.

See Thursday’s Daily News for the complete story.

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