At the close o 2011, Spalding AnimalCare and Control Advisory Board(ACCAB) and the County Board o Commissioners discussed a new seto animal living condition policies,the most controversial o which is aproposed license or owners o dogsand cats.Kelly Palmatier, the current chair o ACCAB, stressed that the proposedpolicies are to protect the animalsand human inhabitants o the county. The license would increase ownerresponsibility by identiying pets withtheir owners and encourage spayingand neutering, as the ee would bereduced or xed animals. The license would also help thecounty gauge animal controlmeasures, such as limits on thenumber o household pets and thecounty animal shelter."I we see that there are severalhouseholds with six pets who havenever had a complaint issued againstthem, then that supports the claimthat six animals in a household isacceptable,” said Palmatier.According to Palmatier, the countyanimal shelter takes in 4,000 animalseach year, but there is no way toestimate i the county is improvingor not.“For example,” she said, “i the numbero animals residing in the countyincreases each year, and our intake tothe shelter remains the same or goesdown, that shows progress.”ACCAB also proposed banning thetethering or chaining o dogs and anew minimum enclosure sizes.Unattended tethering is alreadyrestricted in over a dozen statesand banned in more than 40municipalities, including six inGeorgia. The new restraint and enclosureordinances would be county-wide,in order to ease conusionor residents.“In some cases it variedrom one side o a street toanother,” Palmatier said. The new rules wouldmandate minimumenclosures based on thesize o dogs divided intosmall, medium, and large.Commissioner Bob Gilreathalso expressed concernwith the transportation o dogs in the back o pick uptrucks. Dogs are generallyrecognized by the HumaneSociety and several states to be saerin the cab o trucks.Palmatier stressed that the discussionregarding licensing is not ocial andthe Animal Care and Control Boardwelcomes input rom residents.“It is very important to us to balancethe needs o our residents and theneeds o our county’s animals.” Ω
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Residents who claimthose who wear baggypants are committingindecent exposure maysoon have relie, thanksto the Grin Board o Commissioners.Mayor Joanne Todd saidshe has twice previouslyinitiated discussionat BOC meetingson the subject, andCommissioner DougHollberg had discussedit once, but upon legaladvice, no urther actionwas taken at those times.“Our attorney (DrewWhalen) advised thatit wouldn’t hold upin court,” Todd said.“That’s the only reasonwe didn’t pursue it –that any ordinance wepassed wouldn’t hold upi challenged in court.It would have no legalstanding.”Hollberg’s interest inpassing a local ordinancebanning saggy pantsled him to present theBOC with inormationregarding similaraction taken by othermunicipalities.“I presented to thecommissioners anarticle rom another jurisdiction about whatthey’ve done,” he said.“The city o Albany,in one year, received$3,916 rom citationsissued to individualswearing saggy pants,but Drew (Whalen)said we couldn’t do it.His interpretation isthat we cannot pass anordinance. We valueDrew’s legal opinion,and he said it wouldn’thold up in court becauseit’s unconstitutionalunder Georgia law. So,we had two choices:A, pass an ordinanceand wait or it to bechallenged in court, or B,wait until the legislaturechanges the law.”Rather than wait untilthe legislature makesthe necessary changesthat would enable thecity o Grin to pass anordinance o its own,Hollberg now says he isgoing to work to eectthat change by havingWhalen drat potentiallegislation to bepresented to Rep. DavidKnight.“It’s something we’vediscussed beore andit’s something I wantto push through thislegislative session,”he said. “It’s denitelysomething I want toresearch. I would like tosee legislation dratedand presented withinthe next 30 days thatwould allow us to passan ordinance orbiddingsaggy pants, or or thelaw to be statewideorbidding saggy pants.”Ω
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