Cedartown to look at animal tethering ordinance
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.