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Posted: 04/28/04

Keeping of animals topic of hearing

Observer News Editor
      The Ray Township Planning Commission is considering an ordinance amendment that spells out how many hoofed animals can be kept at a single family residence that is not a farm.
       The amendment will be the subject of a public hearing during the commission's May 13 meeting.
       The amendment was drafted in response to the number of telephone calls received by township employees inquiring how many animals they are permitted to have. The township currently does not have an ordinance that regulates this.
       The proposed amendment refers to hoofed animals, which include horses, cattle, alpaca, llamas, buffalo, pigs, miniatures horses, ponies, sheep, goats or other similar animals.
       Cathy Cichecki of the Township Planning and Zoning Department, said members of the office staff answer a number of calls on the subject each week. She said many of the calls are from residents who own horses.
       "It's a very big horse community," she said of the township.
       The proposed amendment would allow for a resident with a lot between the size of 90,000 square feet and 2.99 acres to have two animals. One additional animal would be permitted for each acre above and beyond the initial three acres.
       The amendment also requires the animals to be given adequate shelter and be kept within a fence.
       Commission members will also hear comments on several other zoning ordinance amendments during the May 13 public hearing.

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