Starke County Commissioners Approve Dog Kennel Ordinance

Starke County Commissioners: Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom and Jennifer Davis

After several months of discussion, and a rejection of at least one draft ordinance, the Starke County Commissioners passed the Dog Kennel Ordinance with a unanimous vote.

A simplified explanation of the ordinance is that it will regulate dog kennels in the county and provides the language for creating and operating a kennel.

The ordinance was written after much work by Plan Commission President Butch Richie, Director Bruce Williams and a committee of dog enthusiasts. Commissioner Kathy Norem, who with her background of breeding show dogs, was also helpful in comments made from her position as a Commissioner.

Norem noted this ordinance establishes a standard of care and housing of dogs in the county. She said there are laws that prevent animal abuse and neglect.

“It’s a crime,” Norem said, “and as such those who abuse or neglect should be arrested and prosecuted.”

Williams echoed her sentiments saying, “It’s probably something that is not taken as seriously as it should be.”