We’ve got Butter and Sugar, all we need is Eggs, and we can make (Dog) Pound Cake.
Floyd County and the cities of Rome and Cave Springs are considering new animal control measures, according to the Rome News Tribune.
The Rome City and Floyd County commissions will act this month to approve several new animal control ordinances. Members of the Joint Service Committee learned Tuesday that Cave Spring is also expected to follow suit in July.
One ordinance will prohibit long-term “tethering” where dog owners leave the animal outside chained within their yard. A second ordinance will seek to define the required amount of shelter for an animal, which is not defined in the existing ordinance. The third will address who pays the cost of the care for an animal while they are housed at Public Animal Welfare Services while an owner awaits trial.
“We’ve had animals up there for years,” said County Manager Jamie McCord. “They become institutionalized just waiting on trial, which is not good for the animal or the person going to trial.”
The issue of chaining animals outside 24-7 seems to be more of a problem in Rome and Cave Spring, where some folks use their dogs as guard animals.
In April, PAWS Director Jeff Mitchell told commissioners that tethering leads to anti-socialization and an increase in dog bites. Mitchell estimates that 65% of dog bite calls involve dogs that are chained up.
The new ordinances will also include a definition of adequate shelter, with language that will focus on cleanliness and providing ample space for the animal to move around comfortably.
Several commissioners expressed interest in a spay-neuter ordinance. However, the lack of a low-cost option for those services in the area will put any changes relative to that issue on hold.