Council reviewing animal ordinance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer

Portales City Council is looking at revising parts of its animal ordinance today.

City Manger Debi Lee said there has been some discussion at the state legislature about destroying animals humanely.

“We were way of ahead of what was coming for this,” Lee said. “If you go out to the new animal shelter, there is a specialized room for those lethal injections and we have Wally Chambers, who is nationally certified.”

Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill said some of the changes proposed center on the city’s definition of dangerous dogs.

“It is to clarify what a dangerous dog is and the procedure for impounding,” Gill said. “It includes what the court order is going to require for seizure of the animal off a property.”

Gill said the city is also considering raising spaying and neutering fees to $30 per animal.

Other items on the agenda include:

• Changing to a paperless agenda

• The 2008 police report and presentation

• Approval of change order No.1 for phase II of city pool upgrades

• Letter of agreement to contract for drug testing services

• Approval of a contract for wastewater re-use assessment between the City of Portales and Phelps Engineering

• Memorandum of agreement for development and construction of affordable housing