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Dog owners speak out about proposed ordinance in Advance

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Mayor Pete Ritter says city leaders had to take a stand after several situations involving barking dogs got out of hand. Mayor Pete Ritter says city leaders had to take a stand after several situations involving barking dogs got out of hand.
The section of the ordinance many residents have a problem with: if you already have more than two dogs you can't be grand fathered in. The section of the ordinance many residents have a problem with: if you already have more than two dogs you can't be grand fathered in.
The Roe family says it's not fair to lump all owners of three or more dogs into the same category The Roe family says it's not fair to lump all owners of three or more dogs into the same category
ADVANCE, MO (KFVS) -

It's an issue that has a lot of you talking, all about an ongoing dog dilemma in Advance. People there say they are starting a petition to ask the city council, mayor and aldermen to amend a new ordinance limiting each home in city limits to two dogs.

Mayor Pete Ritter says city leaders had to take a stand after several situations involving barking dogs got out of hand.

The section of the ordinance many residents have a problem with: if you already have more than two dogs you can't be grand fathered in.

Monday the Roe family spoke out about the new rules. Heather Roe has three dogs at her home. Otis is an 11-year-old Peekapoo and they rescued Lab mixes, Abby and Harlo, five years ago. The Roe family says it's not fair to lump all owners of three or more dogs into the same category. Heather Roe, and her father Doug they say their dogs are well taken care of, fenced in and rarely bark at anyone.

"It can't imagine losing any one of them," said Heather. "We take care of our dogs, they have all their shots. They are like family. If they bark I tell them to hush and they hush. It's not fair to punish responsible dog owners over an issue that only a few people should be held accountable for."

Heather says she feels it's ridiculous she could be forced to pay a fine up to $500, as stated in the ordinance or face jail time. The Roe family says at this point, the city has not issued them a fine or warning.

"We hope they can amend the ordinance," said Heather.

"We have all the respect in the world for the mayor and alderman," said Doug Roe, Heather's father. "But we feel in this case they need to find a better solution to enforce the problem."

Mayor Ritter says in some cases the barking issues continue to be so disturbing he felt he had to do something for the good of all citizens.

The next board meeting is April 15 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open and Mayor Ritter says he's happy to discuss the ordinance.

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