New rule requires shelter for animals

March 07, 2007 12:00 am

Triplicate staff

Del Norte County's Agriculture Department is reminding livestock owners that they must comply with an ordinance passed last August by the board of supervisors.

The new ordinance states that it is the duty of every owner of any livestock to give their animals "reasonable" care, provide them with "adequate" food, drink, shelter, space and veterinary care and for owners to take steps to protect others from their livestock. It is patterned after state and similar laws and regulations.

"We're talking about horses, cows, goats, sheep ... another ordinance covers dogs," said Agricultural Commissioner Glenn E. Anderson. "We have a lot of cold, wet weather, and people need to know that they are required to provide shelter for their animals."

The ordinance is intended to establish local, enforceable guidelines to take care of livestock in good, humane conditions and to control the animals so they don't run on to other people's property or cause traffic hazards, Anderson said via a department press release.

"Are some people resisting it? Yes," Anderson said. "This is a way to remind everyone at once, since the ordinance is fairly new."