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File #: 2020-0145    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Held in Standing Committee
File created: 2/21/2020 In control: Committee on Public Safety Services
On agenda: 11/18/2020 Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
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Title: Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 36 of 2019, amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Code, Title 6: Conduct, Article III: Dogs, cats and other animals, by repealing Chapter 639: Crocodilians and Venomous Snakes in its entirety and adding a new Chapter 639: Crocodilian Species and Red-Eared Sliders, prohibiting the keeping, sale, exchange, adoption, exchange or transfer of such animals in the city of Pittsburgh.
Sponsors: Bruce A. Kraus
Title
Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 36 of 2019, amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Code, Title 6: Conduct, Article III: Dogs, cats and other animals, by repealing Chapter 639: Crocodilians and Venomous Snakes in its entirety and adding a new Chapter 639: Crocodilian Species and Red-Eared Sliders, prohibiting the keeping, sale, exchange, adoption, exchange or transfer of such animals in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Whereas, the proliferation of red eared slider turtles and crocodilian species, including alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials in the City of Pittsburgh constitutes a safety risk to the public and these animals should not be kept outside their natural environment.

Whereas, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh finds that to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Pittsburgh, and to protect animals that are not in their natural environment, it is in the interest of the City to prohibit the keeping of red-eared sliders and crocodilian species, including alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials in the City of Pittsburgh.

Whereas, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh also finds that to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the City of Pittsburgh and to protect animals that are not in their natural environment it is in the interest of the City to prohibit members of the public from coming into direct contact of red-eared sliders and crocodilian species, including alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials in the City of Pittsburgh.

Now, Therefore, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh enacts as follows:

Section 1: Chapter 639 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh is enacted and shall provide as follows:

CHAPTER 639 - CROCODILIAN SPECIES AND RED-EARED SLIDERS
? 639.01 DEFINITIONS:
a. "Crocodilian species" means any member of the families Alligatoridae, Crocodylidae, or Gavialidae, including but not limited to alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials;

b. "Red-eared slider" m...

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