Girls turn cause into law change
By Traci Chapman
Lost pets in Mustang will have a better chance of making it home, thanks to the efforts of three local girls.
The girls – Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Boydston and BreeAnna Martin – are members of Girl Scout Troop 3107. After working on a pet tagging project last year – the Paw Pound Project – the girls told Mustang City Council members Tuesday they realized something had to be done for lost pets.
“There are only three working days to get your pet if it’s lost,” Boydston told council members. “How are you supposed to pick up your pet if you work full time?”
The girls first met with City Manager Tim Rooney, who then conferred with Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley and Capt. Dennis Craig, who is instrumental in the city’s animal control efforts. Taking ideas from Lawrence, Boydson and Martin, a new city ordinance – Ordinance 1099 – was formulated.
Under the ordinance, the time allowed for owners to pick up lost pets increased from three to five days and animals must be held at least 60 days for possible adoption, rather than the 30-day time mandated by earlier city codes, Rooney said.
“Please note this will likely be the first of several changes,” the city manager said.
Council members unanimously voted to adopt the new ordinance in a 6-0 vote. Ward 6 Councilman Donal Mount was absent. Council members applauded the girls’ efforts and action to address an issue they had discovered.
“What a great opportunity to see the legislative process work,” Ward 1 Councilman Matt Taylor said.
“We strongly ask that people get involved,” Mayor Jay Adams said. “You set the example in a way most adults don’t.”
“Ninety percent of lost pets never make it back home,” Martin said.
Maybe in Mustang that number just went down, thanks to the work of three young girls. For more information, see Paw Pound’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pppmustangok.