The Hesperia City Council voted Tuesday to clean up its patchwork of animal ownership rules, giving some homeowners more freedom and others fewer options.


By a 4-0 vote (Mayor Mike Leonard was absent), the council voted for a cleaned-up zoning map that straightened out a number of neighborhoods. Previously, the city had several sometimes-conflicting maps that had evolved over the city's 23-year history.


The neighborhoods that lose animal rights range from one residence on the northwest corner of Sage and Tamarisk to up to 75 residences on Hickory between Orange and Muscatel. On those properties, cattle, hogs and bee-keeping will be eliminated and the number of small livestock, small animals and fowl allowed will be reduced.


Resident Jim James was concerned about the exotic pheasants he raises on his large property.


"The animal ordinance was confusing when I first read it in the paper about zoning," James said. "Now I am pleased that I can maintain the animals I have."


The amendment of the ordinance will allow residents to keep animals currently on their property, according to code.


More than 1,500 residences will, for the first time under the development code amendment, be allowed to keep small livestock and increase the number of allowed dogs, cats, small animal and fowl.


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.