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A problematic proposed animal ordinance in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, is scheduled to receive a second and potentially enacting vote on Tuesday, April 18.  Residents are urged to contact Metro Council Members and ask them to VOTE NO on animal ordinance BL2023-1688. Please scroll down for contact information.

Concerns with the proposed ordinance include, but are not limited to:

  • Tramples the privacy rights of animal owners by authorizing animal care and control to “inspect the premises where animals are kept to ensure that owners or keepers are providing minimum care and facilities,” including inspection of private residences. AKC believes all inspections of private property should be pursuant to a properly obtained warrant.
  • Defines “at large” as meaning any animal (excluding domestic cats) that is not physically restrained on an owner’s or keeper’s premises, including motorized vehicles, in a manner that physically prevents the animal from leaving the premises. Under this definition, a dog not physically restrained but never leaves its owner’s property would be illegally at large and subject to impoundment, while the owner would be subject to a misdemeanor offense.
  • Defines “extreme weather conditions” as certain arbitrary high and low temperatures that do not consider an animal’s species, breed, age, health, condition, or acclimation. It further defines certain weather forecasts as “extreme” and “life-threatening” regardless of whether such conditions actually occur where the animal is located or result in any harm to the animal.
  • Authorizes unelected personnel to set fees that may function as penalties. Under current law, impoundment and boarding fees are enacted by the Metro Council. Current law sets fees at $50 per impoundment and $18.00 per day for boarding. The proposed ordinance authorizes the board of health to set and change such fees without limitation and without prior approval by the elected Metro Council.

What you can do:

Immediately contact Metro Council Members to respectfully express your concerns and ask them to VOTE NO on animal ordinance BL2023-1688. The council meeting begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday and is preceded by committee meetings that start at 4:00pm. The best opportunity to speak with or leave a message for Council Members is prior to 4:00pm on April 18.

 Council Members’ Contact Information:

Vice Mayor Jim Shulman, 615-584-1082,

At-Large 1 Bob Mendes, 615-432-1341,

At-Large 2 Sharon Hurt, 615-432-1342,

At-Large 3 Burkley Allen, 615-432-1343

At-Large 5 Zulfat Suara, 615-432-1345,

Dist. 1 Jonathan Hall, 615-432-1301,

Dist. 2 Kyonzte Toombs, 615-432-1302,

Dist. 3 Jennifer Gamble, 615-432-1303,

Dist. 4 Robert Swope, 615-432-1304,

Dist. 5 Sean Parker, 615-432-1305,

Dist. 6 Brett Withers, 615-432-1306,

Dist. 7 Emily Benedict, 615-432-1307,

Dist. 8 Nancy VanReece, 615-432-1308,

Dist. 9 Tonya Hancock, 615-432-1309,

Dist. 10 Zach Young, 615-432-1310,

Dist. 11 Larry Hagar, 615-432-1311,

Dist. 12 Erin Evans, 615-432-1312,

Dist. 13 Russ Bradford, 615-432-1313,

Dist. 14 Kevin Rhoten, 615-432-1314,

Dist. 15 Jeff Syracuse, 615-432-1315,

Dist. 16 Ginny Welsch, 615-432-1316,

Dist. 17 Colby Sledge, 615-432-1317,

Dist. 18 Tom Cash, 615-432-1318,

Dist. 19 Freddie O’Connell, 615-432-1319,

Dist. 20 Mary Carolyn Roberts, 615-432-1320,

Dist. 21 Brandon Taylor, 615-432-1321,

Dist. 22 Gloria Hausser, 615-432-1322,

Dist. 23 Thom Druffel, 615-432-1323,

Dist. 24 Kathleen Murphy, 615-432-1324,

Dist. 25 Russ Pulley, 615-432-1325,

Dist. 26 Courtney Johnston, 615-432-1326,

Dist. 27 Bob Nash, 615-423-1327,

Dist. 28 Tanaka Vercher, 615-432-1328,

Dist. 29 Delishia Porterfield, 615-432-1329,

Dist. 30 Sandra Sepulveda, 615-432-1330,

Dist. 31 John Rutherford, 615-432-1331,

Dist. 32 Joy Styles, 615-432-1332,

Dist. 33 Antoinette Lee, 615-432-1333,

Dist. 34 Angie Henderson, 615-432-1334,

Dist. 35 Dave Rosenberg, 615-432-1335, 615-208-7129,


For additional information, please contact American Kennel Club Government Relations at 919-816-3720 or