SALISBURY – An animal control ordinance more than a year in the making will go before the county council for introduction.
In a work session on Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council concluded a months-long discussion on a new animal control ordinance.
In years past, the county established a Dog Ordinance Review Committee after a dog mauled and injured a young man in Willards. Committee members at the time were tasked with providing recourse and rules that would protect residents from further dog attacks. However, when 300 neglected dogs were found on a Wicomico County farm in 2016, the council identified the need to address animal rights. To that end, the Animal Ordinance Review Committee was formed.
Since last March, the committee has worked closely with council staff to draft an ordinance that would better promote the safety and welfare of Wicomico County citizens and domestic animals. After more than a year of discussions and amendments, that ordinance will now be brought before the county council for introduction.