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Revised Animal Services Ordinance Effective March 15

Revised Animal Services Ordinance Effective March 15

DECATUR, Ga. – A revised animal services ordinance takes effect Tuesday, March 15, 2016.   Major changes include:

  • Reduction of stray animal hold from five days to three days.   The animal shelter is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.  
  • Trap, neuter and return community cat program – stray cats will be examined, vaccinated, sterilized, ear tipped and may be returned to the area where trapped.    
  • Health certificates required – the owner of any dog or cat that is sold or exchanged for valuable consideration is required to provide the new owner with a current, valid Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI).   The OCVI must be available for review by a potential new owner or animal control officer at the time the animal is listed for sale or exchange.

The following ordinances remain in effect:

  • Dogs must be maintained on the property of the owner or on a leash controlled by a responsible and competent person.
  • Tethering of dogs is prohibited unless the owner or caretaker is physically within reach of the dog.  
  • Animals must be securely and humanely enclosed within a proper enclosure as a means of primary restraint.   Such enclosure must be securely locked any time the animal is unattended.   
  • As a secondary means of restraint an animal may be attached to a trolley system less than twelve hours in a 24 hour period and not during the hours of 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

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