Bibb commissioners approve spay-neuter ordinance | Politics | Macon.com

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Bibb commissioners approve spay-neuter ordinance | Politics | Macon.com

Bibb County commissioners Tuesday approved in a 4-1 vote a spay and neuter ordinance similar to the one the Macon City Council passed two weeks ago.

Commissioner Gary Bechtel was the lone dissenting vote, saying the ordinance infringed too much on individual rights of pet owners.

During the commission’s Animal Welfare Committee meeting Tuesday morning, committee Chairman Lonzy Edwards voiced his displeasure with some of the language in the city ordinance. County attorneys worked on revisions during the afternoon before the commission approved it Tuesday night.

The legislation, which closely mirrors the city version, won’t go into effect until the new consolidated government takes over. Edwards said the legislation needed to be approved by Tuesday in order to be reviewed by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, which is merging the current city and county ordinances into one unified code.

The ordinance covers sterilization and annual registration of animals in the county, and it’s designed to reduce “unintended breeding” that has caused pet overpopulation. Pet owners would only be exempt from having their animals sterilized if they have an unaltered pet permit issued by the Animal Welfare Department.

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