The public can weigh in next week at a hearing on proposed changes to the Santa Fe animal control ordinance, which the city’s Animal Services division says is cumbersome and unneeded, while the city councilor sponsoring the legislation says it will prevent animal cruelty.
The changes would include a ban on dog trolley lines, and establish minimum and maximum temperatures for a dog to be outside. However, Animal Services Supervisor Chris Smith said abolishing the trolley line, which allows a dog to be restrained by tethering it to a cable that gives it freedom of movement along the length of the cable, could have unintended circumstances.
“We anticipate a lot more dogs running loose because we do have a lot of people that use the trolley (line),” Smith said during an interview at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society. “I also foresee dog bites, dog attacks – anything that goes along with dogs running loose – will also go up due to that.”