Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Mayor: The judge has spoken on birds

April 6, 2006

Precious and Nickie don't live here anymore. And, their former owner says, they're not doing too well in their new environment, a farm with other animals in Bonner Springs.

"I don't know how much longer they're going to make it where they're at now because of the environment they were brought up," said Victor Dietz, a Basehor resident who implored the Basehor City Council Monday night to allow his pets to return home. He added, "They aren't used to the pecking order."

Precious, a Rhode Island Red, and Nickie, a Plymouth Rock Hen, are Dietz's former pets. They were evicted from their home -- a duplex on Parallel Road -- March 24 after Dietz was cited for an animal ordinance violation.

Municipal Court Judge William Pray later found Dietz guilty of the code violation and fined him $50.

Monday night, Dietz came back to the city council asking that the animal ordinance be modified to allow domesticated fowl, thus allowing the birds, which belong to his 10-year-old daughter, to return home.

Dietz told council members he believes that ordinances in two other nearby cities, Leavenworth and Lansing, allow residents to house domesticated fowl. He also cited a flaw in Basehor's animal ordinances -- that vicious dogs can be housed in the city as long as they are insured but precautions are taken such as muzzling and fencing in the animals.

His argument did not sway the council.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia told Dietz he believed the issue to be closed. A judge had already issued a guilty ruling and levied a fine, Garcia said.

The mayor slammed the door on the council allowing the pets.

"I will not put it on the agenda," Garcia said.

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