Quincy animal control ordinance has more teeth

Courtesy: ASPCA

The City of Quincy has more teeth in its animal control efforts.

The council unanimously voted to approve a stricter animal ordinance for pet owners Tuesday night.

It outlines what a pet may or may not be kept in, as well as a requirement that the pet have access to clean water at all times.

The ordinance also states that pets must have shade in the summer and protection from the elements.

The city's Animal Control Commission proposed the revisions to city law.

"I think it sends a message that the city expects a higher level of care for animals in our city, so we're thrilled it was adopted," Animal Control Commission Chair Sally Westerhoff said. "I think it's going to make things a lot easier for the animal control officer because his job is big enough as it is, and this makes things easier for him."

The ordinance also includes how food should be provided to pets.