Petersburg Press

Village board members voted to amend dog ordinance to short list

Once again, the Petersburg Village Board brought up the dog ordinance at their meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
A number of residents were present for the discussion on the dog ordinance.
It was mentioned that there are a couple of dogs running loose in the village and they get other dogs in kennels to bark.
Chairman Stokes felt it’s not right to let these dogs harass other dogs.
Deputy Martin has spoken to those people and they will be in to get a license.
Stokes noted the board had received a lot of material regarding dogs. “We have spoken with insurance companies, but there are some which are non-coverable.”
There were lists from several insurance companies. One had a list comparable to the village list, but the other one was much shorter.
Stokes stated, “I thank you for your ideas. I’ve thought about it a lot and I realize the emotional bonds everyone has with their dog. But as attached as we are to our dogs, they are a dog, not a human. We have to ask if our thoughts are logical. We can find statistics and they don’t lie.”
He said according to the state and federal courts we can enforce a ban, but I believe I am looking at the smaller list.

Read the full story in the Oct. 9 Petersburg Press print and e edition.