Floyd County and the City of Rome are considering ordinances to address animal control issues, according to the Rome News Tribune.
“We can’t rescue and adopt our way out of this,” Floyd County Commission Vice Chair Allison Watters said.
Even with major budget increases and a facility upgrade, they’re still having to turn away animals coming into the shelter.
The first potential change is an [unattended] tethering ban, meaning a dog couldn’t be chained outside without someone present.
If passed, Animal Control will work to educate people and attempt to work out what is best for the dog and owner — whether it’s setting up a doghouse or fence in the owner’s yard.
The next proposal to go before local governments is a requirement for all animal owners to spay and neuter dogs and cats within 30 days after the animal turns six months old.
“Last year we brought in 2,562 animals and turned away, because of transport and other issues, about 900 animals,” Mitchell said. “Those animals are causing pack dog situations and breeding.”
If a pet owner doesn’t wish to spay or neuter their dog and plans to breed them, they will have to obtain a license from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The application process would include a $40 fee and a house check.
The other two ordinances up for review are sanitation and adequate shelter guidelines, as well as impoundment payments.
Sanitation and shelter guidelines haven’t been updated in decades. The revision aims to modernize those standards.
The impoundment payments and cost is something that’s in state law. If a pet owner violates certain laws, such as cruelty to animals and dogfighting, they are required to help pay impoundment and care costs of the animal while they await trial.