A county-wide animal ordinance is under consideration by the Boone County Commissioners. The ordinance would give needed protections to all animals in Boone County, according to Sheriff Mike Nielsen and Animal Control Liasion/Deputy Hannah Fisher. Both noted there is not much statute to work with on the state level and almost none locally. County attorney Bob Clutter said there is only a leash law on the books county-wide, while Nielsen said there only are a few antiquated animal rules at the municipal level. The text of the proposed ordinance, including defined terms, is 10 pages. The ordinance would provide protections not only for cats and dogs, but all animals in Boone County, including exotic pets and livestock. Clutter said the ordinance was initially based on the animal ordinance for Hamilton County, but was tailored to fit Boone County needs.
More details found in The Lebanon Reporter.