Topeka City Council committee to take up animal codes, miniature pig rules

A Topeka City Council committee plans Monday to review Topeka animal codes and discuss whether to allow miniature pigs to be kept as pets within city limits.

 

Those matters are among topics the council’s public health and safety committee plans to take up when it meets at 3:30 p.m. in Classroom A at the Law Enforcement Center, according to information Topeka’s city government posted Friday in a calendar on its website.

The public health and safety committee consists of council members Sylvia Ortiz, Brendan Jensen and Sandra Clear.

The city council last January began discussing Jensen’s proposal to allow miniature pigs that weigh less than 150 pounds and measure less than 24 inches tall at the shoulder to be kept as pets within city limits. Jensen brought the proposal forth at the request of Christina Wolf, one of his constituents in west-central Topeka’s 6th Council District.

Wolf told The Capital-Journal that city code officers in August told her she could no longer keep her 110-pound miniature pig, Hamlet, at her home near Gage Park because pigs are banned as pets under city code.

Jensen told the city council Feb. 7 that city staff members had found the need for a more comprehensive review of city codes regarding animals. Council members voted that day to approve Jensen’s motion to send his proposal to the public health and safety committee, which will conduct a related review of city animal codes as it takes up the measure Monday.

Council committees generally discuss proposals, consider any potential amendments, then vote to make recommendations as to whether the full council should approve or reject them.

Jensen’s proposal is scheduled to go back May 2 before the full council, which plans that day to discuss it but take no action, according to the preliminary agenda for that meeting, which the city made public on Thursday.

Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

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