Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto - Longboat Key Room 9:00 a.m. - August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #34

Adoption of Animal Services Ordinance 20-24

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Sarah Brown, Division Chief, Animal Services, x 8346

Action Requested

Adoption of Ordinance 20-24.

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Background Discussion

The latest version of the Manatee County Ordinance was adopted in 2012. Many changes and advancements have been made in animal welfare which are not reflected in the current ordinance. The proposed changes have been researched by Manatee County Animal Services, with input & approval from the Animal Services Advisory Board & Code Enforcement. Additional input from other municipal shelters that operate field services were also included. The proposed changes and additions were prepared and reviewed by the Manatee County Attorney’s Office.

Inclusion of the following Definitions:

  • Adequate food and water (p.1)
  • Community Cats (p.2)
  • Community Cat Caregiver (p.3)
  • Community Cat Diversion (p.3)
  • Ear tipping (p.4)
  • Enclosure (p 4)
  • Fenced area (p.4)
  • Front yard (p. 4)
  • Nuisance (p. 5)
  • Occupied (p. 5)
  • Pest (p. 5)
  • Rear yard (p. 6)
  • Residential property (p.6)
  • Side yard (p.7)
  • Trap-Neuter-Return (p. 7)
  • Working Cats (p.8)
  • Working Cat Program (p. 8)
  • Yard (p.8)

Amended Definitions Include:

  • Animal Services Officer (p. 3)
  • Dangerous Dog to reflect State Statute 767.11 (p. 3)
  • Owner (p. 5)

Exclusion of previous Definitions:

  • Service
  • Service Animal

Additional Provisions in proposed Ordinance Include:

  • Inclusion of Florida Statute 828.29 Health Requirements
    • This Statute inclusion will allow officers to address the on-going issue with backyard breeders. Currently, this statute is regulated through the USDA, which is understaffed making this hard to enforce. This would give our officers a way to enforce the requirement. (p.11-12)
    • Ear tipped Cats to be exempt from tag requirements (p.13)
    • Section D.3 (c) - more strict requirements for the weight of a chain (tether) (p.15)
    • Section D.9 - the pulley, running line or trolley system shall not reach another person's property, a public walkway, or right-of-way. (p.16)
    • Addition of Section E - No animal shall be permanently confined in a crate, container, box, shed, carrier or structure that limits area to move comfortably, prohibits proper airflow and ability to maintain sanitary conditions. An owner must be in visual range of the animal located outside in one of the above-mentioned temporary structures. No animal under three months of age shall be confined in one of the above-mentioned structures. (p.16)
    • Addition of Section 2-4-11 Section F (Exceptions) Community Cat Diversion - Referencing the authorization of community cats, defined as feral or free-roaming cats that are sterilized, vaccinated and ear tipped cats, as a way to control and reduce free-roaming cat populations in Manatee County. Shall be exempt from regulations for Section 2-4-11 sections a, b, d. (p.20)

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other

Memo and review was provided by Former Assistant County Attorney Zamboni.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

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Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Response Memo to CAO Matter No. 2019-0624.pdf
Attachment:  Animal Services Ordinance 20-24.pdf
Attachment:  Ordinance 20-24 - Affidavit of Publication - Bradenton Herald.pdf