Council Passes Animal Ordinance Changes

It is now illegal for cat owners to allow their felines to run at large within the city limits of Buffalo, or for residents to keep, maintain and feed hogs, pigs or roosters. The city council approved the code changes pertaining to animal regulations this week.

In reference to canines, a new section added to the city code requires residents to pick up their dog's waste, on their own property and others, including public spaces, to alleviate offensive odors. The ordinances pertaining to the code changes were passed on final reading, without any discussion or public comment.

After the vote, Councilman Bill Hawley thanked the city's animal control officer, Karen Kimutis, and City Attorney Ben Kirven for their work in drafting the changes.

To view the changes to the City of Buffalo's code book, which are highlighted in red, go to --