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Macon Council Committee To Get Spay/Neutering Ordinance

On Macon City Council's agenda tonight is the referral of the spaying and neutering of animals ordinance.

If passed out of committee, full council will then have to decide if they want to require pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered.

The ordinance was suggested last week by council member Nancy White and would apply to all dogs and cats over six months old.

Owners who do not want to spay or neuter their pet wil have to apply for a permit through the Animal Welfare Services.

The ordinance spells out several exceptions like show animals, guide dogs, and animals used by law enforcement agencies.

White says she hopes this will reduce the number of animals eutanized at the shelter each year.

Under White's proposal, violators would pay a $50 fine.

Animal Services Director Sarah Tenon says she has already put together an enforcement division with five officers that will make sure pet owners follow all city and county ordinances, including the sterilization ordinance it it passes.

Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart has already said the commissioners will also consider the same ordianance. 

 (Katelyn Heck contributed to this story)


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