A problematic proposed animal ordinance that was scheduled to receive a second vote on April 18 has been deferred until the May 2, 2023, meeting of the Nashville/Davidson County Metropolitan Council. In response to constituent feedback, certain council members are working on potential amendments to the ordinance.
What you can do:
Concerned residents are urged to continue respectfully asking Metro Council Members to VOTE NO on the proposed animal ordinance until all concerns are addressed and resolved. 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 advocates that access to private property should be conducted only with the approval of the resident, or if the resident refuses access, 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.
Council Members’ Contact Information:
Vice Mayor Jim Shulman, 615-584-1082, firstname.lastname@example.org
At-Large 1 Bob Mendes, 615-432-1341, email@example.com
At-Large 2 Sharon Hurt, 615-432-1342, firstname.lastname@example.org
At-Large 3 Burkley Allen, 615-432-1343 email@example.com
At-Large 5 Zulfat Suara, 615-432-1345, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 1 Jonathan Hall, 615-432-1301, email@example.com
Dist. 2 Kyonzte Toombs, 615-432-1302, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 3 Jennifer Gamble, 615-432-1303, email@example.com
Dist. 4 Robert Swope, 615-432-1304, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 5 Sean Parker, 615-432-1305, email@example.com
Dist. 6 Brett Withers, 615-432-1306, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 7 Emily Benedict, 615-432-1307, email@example.com
Dist. 8 Nancy VanReece, 615-432-1308, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 9 Tonya Hancock, 615-432-1309, email@example.com
Dist. 10 Zach Young, 615-432-1310, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 11 Larry Hagar, 615-432-1311, email@example.com
Dist. 12 Erin Evans, 615-432-1312, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 13 Russ Bradford, 615-432-1313, email@example.com
Dist. 14 Kevin Rhoten, 615-432-1314, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 15 Jeff Syracuse, 615-432-1315, email@example.com
Dist. 16 Ginny Welsch, 615-432-1316, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 17 Colby Sledge, 615-432-1317, email@example.com
Dist. 18 Tom Cash, 615-432-1318, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 19 Freddie O’Connell, 615-432-1319, email@example.com
Dist. 20 Mary Carolyn Roberts, 615-432-1320, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 21 Brandon Taylor, 615-432-1321, email@example.com
Dist. 22 Gloria Hausser, 615-432-1322, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 23 Thom Druffel, 615-432-1323, email@example.com
Dist. 24 Kathleen Murphy, 615-432-1324, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 25 Russ Pulley, 615-432-1325, email@example.com
Dist. 26 Courtney Johnston, 615-432-1326, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 27 Bob Nash, 615-423-1327, email@example.com
Dist. 28 Tanaka Vercher, 615-432-1328, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 29 Delishia Porterfield, 615-432-1329, email@example.com
Dist. 30 Sandra Sepulveda, 615-432-1330, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 31 John Rutherford, 615-432-1331, email@example.com
Dist. 32 Joy Styles, 615-432-1332, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 33 Antoinette Lee, 615-432-1333, email@example.com
Dist. 34 Angie Henderson, 615-432-1334, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 35 Dave Rosenberg, 615-432-1335, 615-208-7129, email@example.com
For additional information, please contact American Kennel Club Government Relations at 919-816-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.