Knowing your pet laws can help prevent animal cruelty

Last month, Heber Springs Animal Control responded to a report of a sick puppy that was found in Heber.  After investigation of the area in which the puppy was found, Animal Control discovered a residence that had up to 18 or 19 animals on the property, with approximately 13 dogs living in the back yard.


“I got a complaint about a skinny puppy running around the area,” said Animal Control Officer Zachary Carlisle.  “It was a pit bull mix and she was just skin and bones.  I discovered the house it came from and when I went to return the puppy there were multiple dogs in the back yard that matched the same description of that puppy.”


The puppy was taken to the Heber Springs Humane Society and Carlisle returned the next day to address the situation.


“The dogs at the house were all skin and bones and covered in mange,” said Carlisle.  The house was a residence inside the city, so these animals were in a relatively confined area and well past the legal limit for animals on a city property.  There was also no proof of rabies vaccinations for the dogs.


The dogs were taken to the Humane Society to determine how best to treat the animals and explore possibilities for future care. 


It is important for residents to understand that love for animal and a well-meaning kindness to take in strays and other pets in need can ultimately have a negative impact on the general health of the animals and in extreme cases, can constitute animal cruelty.  Being familiar with local ordinances can help you take better care of these special family members, in addition to keeping you out of trouble with the authorities.  This is especially true in the city, where there are limits on the number of animals you can have on a property.  In the City of Heber of Heber Springs, you can legally have only four animals on your property, which includes dogs and cats. Keeping roosters in the city is illegal, though residents in the inside the city can readily hear one crowing every morning in the City Hall area.


Also, all residents should know it is illegal to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle.  This is especially important in the summer, as temperatures inside the vehicle can become life threatening.


Should you have any questions or concerns about pets inside the City of Heber Springs, contact Animal Control at 501-362-5554.