Under a new Bowie ordinance, persons violating codes regulating housing, building, noise and other areas could be fined up to $500 and sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Bowie spokesman Edith Maylack said the new maximum penalties were set by the Bowie City Council last week. Previously, violaters were subject to a maximum $100 fine and 30 days in jail.
The council has also updated its animal control ordinance. If an animal is impounded, an owner has five calendar days to retrieve it instead of five work days, Maylack said. If the fifth day falls on the first working day of a week, however, an owner has one more day to retrieve the pet, she added. If the animal is not retrieved by the deadline, it will be taken to the county animal shelter.
Another change in the pet ordinance levies a $20 fine on second-time violaters whose pets are found roaming the streets. The fine was previously $10. The fine for a first violation remains at $15.
The council honored the Bowie High School baseball team, which was state champion for the second year in a row. The team was undefeated this year, with 18 regular season wins and 22 wins overall. It has won 44 straight games.