Berne Mayor Bill McKean announced the city has received numerous calls regarding dogs being allowed to run off-leash outside the owner’s property, or dogs not being safely and securely confined in outside enclosures.
“Every person and family member has a right to feel safe when in their yards and on city streets and sidewalks,” McKean said in a news release. “Therefore, I am instructing our animal control officer and Berne law enforcement to strictly enforce the city Animal Control Ordinance.”
The ordinance states when outside, dogs must be kept on a leash and are not allowed to run at large. If inadequate fencing allows a pet to escape and run freely, residents are asked to fix the problem. When walking a dog, owner’s are asked to clean up after their pets.
Those interested in viewing the ordinance in its entirety may do so at www.cityofberne.com, then click on the tab “city codes,” title IX: General Regulations, chapter 90 animals.