Cedar­town to look at an­i­mal teth­er­ing or­di­nance

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Ed­i­tor

A new tool is be­ing sought by one Cedar­town city com­mis­sioner who is hop­ing to make lives bet­ter for lo­cal dogs and pro­vide a more pos­i­tive com­mu­nity im­age over­all.

Com­mis­sioner Jor­dan Hubbard started a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween his fel­low mem­bers dur­ing the Oc­to­ber work ses­sion in hopes that in the com­ing months there will be a vote on a new an­i­mal teth­er­ing or­di­nance.

Hubbard said his goal is to put into place an or­di­nance that won’t al­low the per­pet­ual life of dogs tied up on short leashes out in yards with­out shade or ac­cess to ad­e­quate food or water.

He said it was also about putting forth Cedar­town’s best im­age by not al­low­ing home­own­ers who leave dogs tied up out­side at all hours to dampen what work neigh­bors might have done to keep their houses look­ing curb friendly.

“I can point out many ex­am­ples where a nice house which has been re­mod­eled and kept up is right next door to a house where dogs have been tied up for years,” he said. “I think we need some­thing that pro­vides a clear threat that we’re go­ing to do some­thing

to pro­tect these dogs.”

He said his work with the Georgia Ini­tia­tive for Com­mu­nity Hous­ing is also another rea­son why he seeks to craft an or­di­nance against ani- mal teth­er­ing, as the city tries to work on up­dat­ing not just or­di­nances, but also neigh­bor­hoods as a whole.

City man­ager Bill Fann said the is­sue would likely come up again in Novem­ber af­ter he’s had time to work on craft­ing an or­di­nance that will work for the city within what state law re­quire­ments there are.

Sam­ple leg­is­la­tion from the Louisiana state code was too broad to base Cedar­town’s lo­cal or­di­nance on, he said as a for in­stance, but that other states and lo­cal­i­ties with teth­er­ing laws in place will be stud­ied to pro­vide lan­guage for what Hubbard hopes to ac­com­plish.

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