Macon Council to Discuss New Spay/Neuter Law | News
Macon council woman Nancy White says she wants to cut down on the stray animal population in the city by requiring pet owners to spay or neuter their animals.
White introduced a similar idea last year, but council did not pass it. Councilman Rick Hutto was one of the members who opposed it, but he says this version lays out clear exceptions, and he plans to support it.
"It has lots of exemptions," explains Hutto. "For example, if you have a hunting dog, if you have a show dog, if you have a dog or a cat that you use for breeding professionally, and you have a certificate that says so, and your veterinarian says so."
Pet owners who do not fit that criteria, or a few others, would have the option to pay a fee instead,
Council's Public Safety Committee will discuss the ordinance in their next meeting.
Also, council member Tom Ellington has been working on a different spay and neuter ordinance.
"Mine simply deals with animals that are coming through the animal shelter. So, if you're adopting a dog or a cat, that would require that animal be spayed or neutered before it left the shelter. There's also a provision that I'm working on to deal with strays that are being redeemed by their owners," says Ellington.
He says he plans to put the ordinance on the next full council agenda in two weeks.