CLEARFIELD -- Changes to the animal control ordinance make it clear that registering a cat in this city is optional.
The city council recently approved amending its animal control ordinance after the Davis County animal control ordinance was amended, stating that licensing cats is now a requirement.
Though the city has generally modeled its own ordinance after the county's, officials wanted to opt out of that change.
According to the ordinance, the city wanted the requirement to be optional to residents and have the ordinance reflect that desire.
"Since Davis County performs animal control for Clearfield, we have adopted their ordinance by reference, except that we have a different restriction on the total number of dogs and cats that is allowed," said City Manager Adam Lenhard.
"Our council felt that cat licensing should be left to the discretion of the animal owners."
Clearfield allows a combination of dogs and cats up to three animals, though no combination can include more than two dogs.
The council simply approved adding a clarification stating that licensing of cats is not required.
This was a unanimous city council decision.
Changes are effective immediately.