Osceola plans to update animal control ordinance

Osceola plans to update animal control ordinance
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - The city of Osceola has presented a proposal to update their animal control ordinance after an incident that happened two months ago.

Mayor Dickie Kennemore claims residents complained about the smell of several cats living at a home on Elizabeth Street, and now he wants to make a change.

The cat owner, Gina Tucker, has since moved out of town and took all the cats with her.

Tucker's home, where she said she housed more than 20 rescued cats in a large enclosed area in her back yard, caught on fire in April.

"When animal control arrived, instead of 20 cats there were 42 cats in the cage," Kennemore said.

Tucker told Region 8 News she lived there for several years and never had any complaints until her house burned.

"The smell wasn't coming from my cats," Tucker said.

She said the odor came from her burnt home. She said the cage did not sit close to any of her neighbors' homes.

Kennemore said that although Tucker took great care of the animals by spaying and neutering them, he believes that is too many pets on one property.

He also said the city's animal control ordinance has not been updated in 20 years.

"People will know what they can and can't do," Kennemore said. "They can't keep 48 cats on one property. We've limited the number of pets you can have to five."

The city council will vote on the proposed ordinance in July.

Kennemore said there are also several other updates in the proposal.

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