Blitzen is a 9 week old, 6#, Dachshund/Yorki mix puppy. He is brown with black tipped fur, He is on solid food, eats twice a day, and is trained to sleep in a crate all night. He is loving, playful, and curious about everything. He was rescued from owners who could not care for him. He does well with the other dogs. He loves to bite your toes while you’re trying to dress. Blitzen is looking for an inside home with a loving family.
Daisy is a 7 month old, 22#, Whippet/Beagle mix. She is brindle with perk ears, a white line up her face, a white chest and polka dot toes. She is active, curious, and loves to run. She is spayed, vaccinated, and trained to sleep in a crate all night. She is a very healthy girl who is still full of energy. She loves playing tag with the other dogs. Daisy is looking for a home with a fenced yard and a family wanting a perky little female.
9 month old Toby is a sweet, easy to train, outgoing little guy. He likes other dogs and he is young enough to train with cats. He has a lot of lab in him and wants to please you and be close to you. He is small, only about 25 lbs currently. We expect Toby to weigh 40 lbs at adulthood.
Chatham County held a public forum to discuss proposed changes to the animal control ordinance, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Charles Harper, Chatham County’s director of animal services, led the forum held in downtown Savannah’s Old Courthouse on Jan. 7. Harper provided a rundown of the proposals, beginning with requiring dogs and cats to receive rabies vaccinations by the time they are 14 weeks old, instead of six months.
The audience had little to say about this proposal, or on the next one for Chatham County to reinstate animal neglect and cruelty as a local code violation. However, Harper received impassioned reactions about a suggestion regarding animals found running loose.
Currently, all found dogs and cats must be brought to Animal Services, but the proposed changes would only require citizens to file a “lost pet report”, according to Harper.
“Last year, on average, we had about 4,500 animals coming to the shelter,” Harper said, adding that this proposal could reduce that number. “Doing this gives us the opportunity to keep animals as safe as possible and still monitor where they are.”
The audience had few comments when Harper discussed the 10-dogs-per-acre limitation, but a proposal to remove all wording on service animals or emotional-support animals in the ordinance raised concerns about how businesses can address pet owners who falsely claim that their animals are allowed inside restaurants and stores.
The final proposal discussion — regarding the removal of cat-feeding restrictions — drew the meeting’s most vociferous reactions, as the focus shifted toward Chatham County’s feral-cat population and how best to handle it. Several audience members suggested that Animal Services should establish a “Trap-Neuter-Return” program for stray cats.
“The shelter’s not big enough to do a full-blown TNR program,” Harper said, while stating that feral-cat communities would diminish if they were not sustained. “If you don’t feed them, they do go away.”