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Mandatory spay and neuter law in Macon

Monday marks the 14th day of Bibb County's mandatory spay and neuter law.

Sarah Tenon, the director of the Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter says in the past two weeks they have yet to give out any citations to violators of the new law, but she says they will.

Starting July 1, 2014, dogs and cats over the age of six months in Bibb County are required to be spayed or neutered.

Tenon explains, "If we got a call for a dog roaming at-large, we'll go out. If we can locate the owner, we would then talk with the owner, address the roaming at large issue, as well as inform them of the new law."

At that time, Tenon says they would issue the owners with a citation, and give them 60 days to spay or neuter their animal. If they do not comply, they face a fine of up to $500.

Tenon says they are not going door-to-door to enforce this, but she says something needed to happen.

She says, "You just get tired of the routine of euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals because we don't have any space."

Siblings Britta and Brandon Thomason are regulars at Tyler's Place Dog Park with their dogs, Ace, Sampson, and Jackson. All three are neutered.

Brandon says, "Labs are notorious, for when they are not neutered they are hyper active, they go way over, so getting them fixed was a way to help calm them down."

Brandon feels the new county law is a step in the right direction. "I think that anything we can do to try to control the population a little bit more is definitely a good thing to go about," he said.

For more information on this please visit: http://www.co.bibb.ga.us/AnimalWelfare/


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