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GA: Swainsboro to enforce Dog Ordinances

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    City to enforce Dog Ordinances

    Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 4:16 PM EST

    At the Swainsboro City Council Monday night, council members discussed complaints from residents about packs of dogs running loose throughout the city. “Over the last couple of months, I have had several complaints about dogs running free and dogs barking. We have an ordinance about dogs barking that become a nuisance and we have a leash law,†said Council member Cleve Edenfield. “I think we need to enforce our leash laws.â€

    Edenfield said he had spoken to Betty Gambrell, Director of the Swainsboro Animal Shelter. Gambrell and Edenfield agree that most dogs running loose are healthy, well fed and have owners.

    “I don’t know of a neighborhood that does not have this problem; there are some dogs out there that are dangerous,†said Councilperson Johnny Ray Stafford.

    Mayor Schwabe commented, “The procedure we have had most success with is to issue someone a citation and require the owner to appear in City Court. The owner can end up losing the animal and these situations create tension between neighbors. It doesn’t sound like a tough problem, but it is. There isn’t much more frustrating than a dog barking at 3:00 a.m.†the mayor said.

    Councilperson John Parker asked what the procedure would be if a dog was picked up.

    Mayor Schwabe responded a dog picked up by the city would be held at the shelter for seven days and if not claimed, would go into the cycle of being adopted or euthanized. In the past, the owner has been able to pick up their dog with a warning the first time. If a dog is picked up a second time the owner is either fined or loses the animal. The city presently employs one part time person as dog catcher.

    “We need to let everyone know that our ordinances will be enforced and each owner will have to control their own dog,†Schwabe concluded.

    The Forest Blade News
  2. DeeDirtyDawg

    DeeDirtyDawg Good Dog

    increasing owner accountability will help increase the level of responsibility- i hope!!
  3. performance

    performance Puppy

    agreed and hopefully will help the apbt, but we know alot of unresponsible owners with this breed.

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