City to vote on removal of animal breeding

February 11, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Huntington City Council members on Monday will consider the second reading of an ordinance to remove breeding as an acceptable definition within the city’s zoning codes.

The move would not be an outright ban on breeding, but would make clear that breeding is not acceptable at kennels and animal hospitals within the city. The move is supported by the Huntington Planning Commission.

In November, the Planning Commission agreed to establish a new set of definitions for several items that are permitted in the city’s various commercial, industrial and residential districts. Among them were kennels and animal hospitals, which made reference to “breeding,” or the intentional mating of pets to promote specific desired traits in their offspring.

The Planning Commission then consulted with members of the HuntingtonCabell Wayne Animal Shelter for their thoughts on the move. After investigating, they determined that “breeding” should be stricken from the acceptable definitions.

The move comes on the heels of a landmark California law that saw the state became the first state in the nation to ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they come from a public animal control agency or shelter. City Planner Shae Strait told city council members the move would not stop residents from breeding animals at their homes.

City council members will also consider updating the zoning ordinances to amend the definition of “microblading” to allow the procedure to be performed in the city’s various districts.

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing that involves using tiny needles on eyebrows, instead of a tattoo gun. The needles are small blades to help deposit pigment under the skin and is used to fill in eyebrows. It is performed by an esthetician.

When the practice was emerging, the city previously listed microblading along with tattoo parlors, which are not allowed in the city’s neighborhood commercial districts, highway commercial districts, central business districts and general industrial districts. The new ordinance would make clear that microblading is separate from tattooing and is more like a salon service.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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