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GA: Spalding County: limits pets based on lot size

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, May 14, 2014.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:54 pm

    By Ray Lightner | 0 comments

    If you live on 2 acres or less in unincorporated Spalding County, you can only have four outdoor dogs and cats, total.

    The Spalding County Board of Commissioners approved the second and final readings on the two animal control ordinance changes Monday night. One of those established four as the maximum number of dogs and cats allowed without a kennel license on properties 2 acres or less.

    There is no limit on dogs or cats outside for properties of more than 2 acres. And there is no limit on the number of dogs or cats allowed inside if on 2 acres or less.

    This change was made in an attempt to address illegal kennel operations in the county and follows complaints made by residents on Woodland Road about the dogs, the noise and the smell from where one neighbor has been operating a kennel.

    He reportedly has been cited under existing codes with some of those working through the courts. The owner has claimed all the dogs were personal pets despite reportedly advertising the sale of the dogs, dog food and services online, all without a county business license.

    The Animal Care and Control Advisory Board is working on language for a noncommercial kennel license so those with more than four outdoor animals, be it for pack hunting, family pets, temporary foster homes for a rescue, and all who are not operating a commercial kennel or otherwise not disturbing their neighbors can keep their pets and be in compliance with the new limit. There is also time — six months — allowed for new litters.

    Enforcement, like for other parts of the animal control ordinance, will be complaint-driven.

    The commissioners also approved a change requiring the spay or neuter of any animals adopted from the county animal shelter. This would not apply to reclaims — people who come in to get their animal that had been picked up. This change was done to address overpopulation and hopefully decrease the number of animals that end up in the shelter, have to be cared for and if not adopted, put down.

    The mandatory spay or neutering would also not apply to animals adopted by rescue organizations. This change sets the fees for the spay and neutering and requires the animals be fixed before they leave the shelter.

    The fees beyond the $35 adoption fee are based on the procedure and size of the animal. The fees paid to Budget Vet Mobile Clinic include rabies vaccination. They are $75 for adult dog spay, $50 for adult dog neuter, $50 for adult cat spay, $25 for adult cat neuter and $30 for spay or neuter of any dog or cat younger than 16 weeks.

    County limits pets based on lot size - Griffin Daily News: News
     
  2. CajunBoulette

    CajunBoulette CH Dog

    That's not really too bad I don't guess. But then again I live on more than 2 acres so if I lived in that county it wouldn't effect me. We have a similar ordinance around here but in the city you can't have more than 4 regardless of lot size

    Sincerely Yours, Cajun
     
  3. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Top Dog

    Enforcement is only on a complaint basis. As long as you keep your yard clean and your dogs aren't too vocal, you're straight.
     
  4. Laced Wit Game

    Laced Wit Game Yard Boy

    so according to theyre law id be able to own 28 dogs....... not bad.....
     
  5. CajunBoulette

    CajunBoulette CH Dog

    Yea I don't think those limits are too unreasonable. Hey anybody here had to deal with civilization encroaching on you? I mean my place was secluded, dirt road, only two houses on a road about 6 miles long. That was in 1998, now there is about 30 houses on same road and a gas station about a mile away with restaurant liqour store dollar general, the works. I'm almost ready to start looking for land further out. BK give me tips on keeping the yard quiet! Every rustle they hear in woods they go craY

    Sincerely Yours, Cajun
     
  6. Laced Wit Game

    Laced Wit Game Yard Boy

    try bark collars, sometimes they work... sometimes they dont. only other thing i can think of is to leave an go firther out to BFE.
     
  7. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Top Dog

    I don't have an answer or suggestion for you on that one. I can imagine some are less vocal than others, but the only thing that comes to mind is building a tall cement wall all around your property. Hey it works for houses that are built backed up to freeways. might help silence the noise. Although i'm sure that would cost you a pretty penny.
     
  8. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    How'd you get 28 out of that?

    I read on less than two acres, you can have a total of four dogs/cats OUTSIDE and as many as you want INSIDE (say hoarder).

    OVER two acres, there are no limits to how many animals you can have.
     
  9. ShakaZ

    ShakaZ CH Dog

    I think that means he has over two acres.
     
  10. stinkrock

    stinkrock Top Dog

    You just rotate each day. 4 dogs outside each day.
     
  11. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    More and more laws are being passed every day with so many laws we no longer have the freedom to do anything without breaking some sort of dumb ass law. What makes it more absurd is this law is used as a excuse to target illegal kennel operations, BUT what they dont realize is it hinders and takes away the freedom of people who are HOBBYIST/FANCIERS of any breed of dog/cat etc....next thing you know there will be a new law that limits how many aquariums per gallon are allowed in your house due to flood insurance LMAO.
     
  12. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    Well, hell, at least this one is only a year old....
     

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