Royal Oak City Commission proposes ordinance banning wild animals as pets

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — Royal Oak city commissioners are considering banning wild animals as pets.

On Monday, the commissioners discussed the proposed order at their regular board meeting.

The proposal was created after African caracal cats escaped from their owner’s Royal Oak property on several occasions.

No action was taken tonight.

City Commissioners and the City Manager have expressed concern that the current wording of the proposed ordinance may be unclear, go too far and impact wildlife that is not dangerous. Some residents shared similar concerns during public comments.

Sarah Ellison, a boa constrictor owner, asked rhetorically, “What makes a species inherently dangerous?”

“I fully understand why this change needs to be made. I agree 100%. What I don’t understand is why the proposed ordinance reverts to outdated language in other cities,” he said. she declared.

Ellison said her exotic snake caused no problems and she was worried about the unintended consequences.

“We’re writing this huge prescription for a very small number of people. I’m not sure this service does anything for the community,” Royal Oak City Commissioner Kyle DuBuc said. “I feel like we’re creating complex applications for ourselves and our residents.”

It was the first reading of the ordinance. Commissioners said they plan to discuss the proposal further in the coming weeks.

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