The Branson Board of Aldermen voted to postpone the second and final reading of Bill No. 5927, an ordinance that updates the City of Branson Animal Code at the regular March 23, 2021, Board of Aldermen meeting in order to allow the Aldermen more time to meet with residents about this issue. This bill is slated to be brought up again for its second and final reading at a future regular Board of Aldermen meeting, not to exceed April 27, 2021.
This particular proposed ordinance change to the animal code results from many years of public, elected officials, and staff interaction, dating back to 2017. In 2018, the Branson Police Department absorbed the Animal Control responsibilities from the Taney County Health Department. At that time, the Board of Aldermen tasked the police department with updating the current ordinances which were severely outdated and didn’t take into account public safety, pet health, as well as a streamlined pet reunification process with owners. Most recently, this issue was brought before the Board of Aldermen in public study sessions in September of 2019 and again in November of 2020 where the Board of Aldermen directed the Branson Police Department to update the current animal code to align with best practice models and municipal standards relative to the animal ordinance. Additionally, the Police Department was directed to seek feedback from community stakeholders and subject matter experts. It was also in those study sessions the Board of Alderman saw an initial overview of the proposed amendments. The proposed new animal code is the culmination of 18 months of research and collaboration with area animal control units, other municipalities, zoological associations, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Municipal League.
The complete proposed animal code ordinance can be found on the City’s website by clicking on item number 16 in the March, 9 Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting agenda in the “Agendas & Minutes” section. Residents are encouraged to read the proposed animal code and to reach out to the Aldermen who represent their Ward to let them know how to vote on this issue.