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Apex Animal Control Ordinance Takes Effect

Posted June 1, 2007 5:39 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2007 7:18 p.m. EDT

— An Apex town ordinance restricting the types of livestock within town limits went into effect Friday.

Barnyard animals, such as sheep, goats, cattle swine and male chickens are prohibited under the Animal Control Ordinance, which only applies within the town's corporate limits.

Horses, ponies, rabbits and other fowl are exempt.

The new ordinance stems from an animal cruelty case in March, in which animal control officers discovered 77 sheep living in the house of David Watts.

Thirty of the sheep had to be euthanized because of poor health; the rest were put up for adoption.

Watts, who faces 30 counts of animal cruelty, is scheduled to go to court June 27.

He also has until Aug. 1 to clean up the house, which the town condemned, and to make necessary repairs.