Animal law public hearing held Tuesday
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initial criticism about discrepancies in registration fees between virile and neutered animals, but the committee rescinded that section of the ordinance last month.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.