Altoona City Council should make sure it doesn't create more problems than it fixes with a proposed animal-control ordinance.
Earlier this month, City Council held off on new regulations that would prohibit non-domestic animals, such as horses and livestock, within the city limits. Councilmen wanted more input from city department leaders.
They also should get more feedback from the public.
The matter came up after a resident complained to Councilman Mark Geis about a horse being ridden on a city street.
However, the issue of keeping animals in the city hasn't been an issue in recent years. It appears two horses are stabled within city limits, including a miniature horse that the owner brought to the last council meeting as part of an expression of opposition to the proposed ordinance.
If those animals aren't creating problems, should they be forced to be stabled outside the city because of a new ordinance?
We understand that many lots in the city, especially single 25-by-75-foot lots, are not conducive for caring for most nondomesticated animals. The lack of space and the closeness of neighboring residents could create a major issue, especially with a larger animal. A rabbit or similar-sized animal might not create the same issues.
Because this isn't a pressing issue, council should take its time considering any proposed rules on animals in the city and gather input from residents.
We understand the desire to head off problems before they arise. But let's not create unneeded headaches in the process.