Common Council postpones first reading of animal code ordinance

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Common Council postponed the first reading of an ordinance revising code relating to animals until July 19.


The proposed changes separate the licenses needed to operate a kennel, pet day care and grooming businesses, like pet stores. They currently all fall under the same category.

Kennels are geared towards keeping animals overnight in return for compensation, as opposed to the day care type services that weren’t around when the code was initially written.

Assistance City Attorney Kinsley Groote says this rewrite comes down to zoning and making it easier for businesses to set up shop in different areas around town.

“It was really important to change the definition of kennels so that you have the differentiation between the business so you can place them in the proper district that they belong in instead of having a really broad definition of kennel and having that just be in some limited zoning districts,” said Groote.

The ordinance also clarifies care and treatment violations.

The Council will take up the first reading of the ordinance at the July 19 meeting.

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