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Royal Oak City Commission proposes ordinance to ban wild animals as pets

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — Royal Oak city commissioners are contemplating irrespective of whether to outlaw wild animals as pets.

On Monday, commissioners talked over the proposed ordinance at their regularly scheduled board assembly.

The proposal was designed right after African caracal cats escaped from their owner’s Royal Oak residence on various events.

No action was taken tonight.

Town commissioners and the city manager expressed fears that the present language in the proposed ordinance may well be unclear, overreach and may possibly effect wild animals that aren’t risky. Some citizens shared related fears for the duration of community remark.

Sarah Ellison, who owns a boa constrictor asked rhetorically, “What will make a species inherently dangerous?”

“I totally comprehend why this change needs to be produced. I 100% concur with it. What I do not realize is why the proposed ordinance that goes back again to out-of-date language in other metropolitan areas,” she claimed.

Ellison said her unique snake has not brought on any difficulties and she’s anxious about unintended consequences.

“We’re drafting this massive ordinance for a really little amount of money of folks. I’m not absolutely sure this assistance is undertaking anything at all for the neighborhood,” Royal Oak City Commissioner Kyle DuBuc mentioned. “I come to feel like we are making advanced enforcements for both equally ourselves and our inhabitants.”

This was the 1st examining of the ordinance. Commissioners said they approach to more explore the proposal in the coming months.