Ohio Municipality Enacts Ordinance to Crack Down on Pigeons and Stray Animals

The City of Portsmouth, Ohio, enacted a new ordinance, “Prohibiting the Feeding of Stray Animals and Wild Pigeons.” While the language of the new ordinance has not yet been posted to the city’s website, it reportedly was introduced in response to the volume of pigeons and stray dogs found in abandoned properties around the city and allows residents to feed stray dogs and cats as long as the food is placed in a container. Violations may be punishable by a fine of up to $750, but the city announced its intent to give first-time offenders a warning.