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, email@example.com
At-Large 1 Bob Mendes, 615-432-1341, firstname.lastname@example.org
At-Large 2 Sharon Hurt, 615-432-1342, email@example.com
At-Large 3 Burkley Allen, 615-432-1343 firstname.lastname@example.org
At-Large 5 Zulfat Suara, 615-432-1345, email@example.com
Dist. 1 Jonathan Hall, 615-432-1301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 2 Kyonzte Toombs, 615-432-1302, email@example.com
Dist. 3 Jennifer Gamble, 615-432-1303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 4 Robert Swope, 615-432-1304, email@example.com
Dist. 5 Sean Parker, 615-432-1305, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 6 Brett Withers, 615-432-1306, email@example.com
Dist. 7 Emily Benedict, 615-432-1307, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 8 Nancy VanReece, 615-432-1308, email@example.com
Dist. 9 Tonya Hancock, 615-432-1309, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 10 Zach Young, 615-432-1310, email@example.com
Dist. 11 Larry Hagar, 615-432-1311, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 12 Erin Evans, 615-432-1312, email@example.com
Dist. 13 Russ Bradford, 615-432-1313, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 14 Kevin Rhoten, 615-432-1314, email@example.com
Dist. 15 Jeff Syracuse, 615-432-1315, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 16 Ginny Welsch, 615-432-1316, email@example.com
Dist. 17 Colby Sledge, 615-432-1317, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 18 Tom Cash, 615-432-1318, email@example.com
Dist. 19 Freddie O’Connell, 615-432-1319, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 20 Mary Carolyn Roberts, 615-432-1320, email@example.com
Dist. 21 Brandon Taylor, 615-432-1321, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 22 Gloria Hausser, 615-432-1322, email@example.com
Dist. 23 Thom Druffel, 615-432-1323, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 24 Kathleen Murphy, 615-432-1324, email@example.com
Dist. 25 Russ Pulley, 615-432-1325, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 26 Courtney Johnston, 615-432-1326, email@example.com
Dist. 27 Bob Nash, 615-423-1327, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 28 Tanaka Vercher, 615-432-1328, email@example.com
Dist. 29 Delishia Porterfield, 615-432-1329, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 30 Sandra Sepulveda, 615-432-1330, email@example.com
Dist. 31 John Rutherford, 615-432-1331, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 32 Joy Styles, 615-432-1332, email@example.com
Dist. 33 Antoinette Lee, 615-432-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. 34 Angie Henderson, 615-432-1334, email@example.com
Dist. 35 Dave Rosenberg, 615-432-1335, 615-208-7129, firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information, please contact American Kennel Club Government Relations at 919-816-3720 or email@example.com.