An­i­mal law pub­lic hear­ing held Tues­day

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The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers held a pub­lic meet­ing Tues­day to dis­cuss the pro­posed an­i­mal con­trol or­di­nance for the county. Dur­ing the two hours of dis­cus­sion, the com­mis­sion and mem­bers of the an­i­mal con­trol com­mit­tee lis­ten­ing to sug­ges­tions and com­plaints reg­is­tered against sec­tions of the or­di­nance by res­i­dents of the county.

“Most of the com­ments were about how we were go­ing to en­force the or­di­nance,” Allen said.

The or­di­nance had re­ceived ini­tial crit­i­cism about dis­crep­an­cies in reg­is­tra­tion fees be­tween vir­ile and neutered an­i­mals, but the com­mit­tee re­scinded that sec­tion of the or­di­nance last month.

“I think ev­ery­body is in fa­vor of it,” Com­mis­sioner Franklin Gray said Wed­nes­day. “I think we will make a few lit­tle changes in the or­di­nance and adopt it.”

“The ma­jor­ity of the com­ments we heard were very fa­vor­able.” Com­mis­sioner Billy Smith said Wed­nes­day. “I think there are one or two ar­eas where mi­nor word­ing changes are needed, but other than that, I think it is ready to go.”

Allen also said the meet­ing would re­sult in mi­nor changes to the or­di­nance.

“There will be a few changes, but I do not fore­see any­thing sub­stan­tive,” Allen said..

The com­mis­sion has placed the adop­tion of the or­di­nance on the agenda for its next Tues­day morn­ing meet­ing.

County at­tor­ney Thomas Craig is re­view­ing the or­di­nance to as­sure it’s le­gal and con­cor­dance with the state’s dan­ger­ous dog or­di­nance. Allen said the com­mit­tee for an­i­mal con­trol was con­fi­dent the or­di­nance would meet the state stan­dard.

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