Victoria County dogs and sex shops see new regulations
July 30, 2012 at 2:30 a.m.
Updated July 31, 2012 at 2:31 a.m.
After months of discussion and revising, Victoria County Commissioners approved two ordinances Monday that regulate dangerous dogs and sexually oriented businesses.
Both ordinances affect only unincorporated areas of the county.
Commissioners decided earlier this month to combine all the county's animal and rabies ordinances in one document.
County Judge Don Pozzi said because they will now only be working with one ordinance, it "makes things a lot simpler."
Victoria City-County Health Department will enforce the dog ordinance while Victoria County Sheriff's Office will enforce the business ordinance.
"This calendar year, there have been several unfortunate incidences, and some very tragic involving animals in Victoria County," Pozzi said.
He said he looks at the ordinance as a "protective pet ordinance."
"These animals need to be cared for, it doesn't matter whether they weigh 2 pounds or 150 pounds," Pozzi said. "We have that responsibility if we are going to own animals."
Sheriff's office Chief Deputy Terry Simons said only one business in the county needs to be checked to see if it complies with the sexually oriented business ordinance.
The business ordinance would require those with sexually oriented designations to obtain a $500 annual operating license. It also limits the location and hours of operation.
If it does not, the owner will have one year to come into compliance, he said.
"It'll keep an influx of sexually oriented businesses from building out in the county," Simons said.
In the past, there had been talks about topless clubs setting up shop in Victoria County, he said.
"Places that don't regulate get inundated," Simons said.