Bexley City Council on Monday, March 12, is expected to give a second reading to Ordinance 6-19, which, if approved, would bring further changes to its code that addresses cruelty to animals.

During their Feb. 19 meeting, council members held the first reading of the ordinance that would ban “the confinement of dogs and other animals outdoors without proper shelter” when left unattended for more than 15 minutes. The ordinance specifies that when pet owners keep animals outside, they must provide “access to shelter from wind, rain, snow or excessive direct sunlight if it can be reasonably expected that the animal would otherwise become sick or in some other way suffer.”

The ordinance goes on to state that “the shelter must be a constructed structure that must be completely enclosed and insulated, having a single entrance/exit secured with a flap or door or similar device. The structure shall be moisture-resistant, wind-resistant, and of suitable size and type to allow the animal to stand, turn about freely, lie in a normal position, and regulate proper body temperature.”

In other business, the council is scheduled to give first readings to an ordinance that would approve collective-bargaining agreements for the city’s animal-control officer and police-dispatcher positions.

The council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

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