The Fort Smith Board of Directors revised its newly adopted animal ordinance at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday (Aug. 20). The main changes to the ordinance include licensing fees and fines. The board passed an animal ordinance as well as a contract with Kitties and Kanines Shelter as the city’s animal shelter at the Aug. 6 board meeting, although board members said they wanted a chance to look into possible amendments to both. At the board’s study session Aug. 13, board members agreed rather than add numerous amendments to the ordinance, it would be best to repeal and replace the ordinance with a new one. That ordinance was passed Tuesday. The ordinance makes it unlawful for any dog or cat to be allowed to run free throughout the city by its owner. The animal control ordinance requires all dogs and cats over the age of 4 months in the city of Fort Smith to be licensed. To receive a license, pets must have proof of current rabies vaccine and be microchipped. The new version sets fees at $10 for the life of the pet if the pet is altered and microchipped. There is a waiver for microchipping a pet if the owner’s veterinarian deems it unsafe for that pet. If the pet is unaltered...