Coweta will consider changes in its animal control ordinances

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL Major changes to the county's animal control ordinances will be considered at Tuesday's meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the county commission chambers on Perry Street.
The biggest change proposed would outlaw "tethering" of dogs for any time. That means chaining or tying a dog to a stationary object. Dogs would be allowed to be on "runners" or "trolleys," but only when the owner is at home, for no more than four hours, and not during the night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. An allowed trolley system must be at least 10 feet long, with a tether that allows the dog to move at least 10 feet perpendicularly. There are also regulations on transporting dogs in the backs of pickup trucks. Measures must be in place to prevent the dog from falling or being thrown out, or jumping out, of the vehicle. Additionally, the proposed amendments require business licenses for commercial animal establishments, humane societies and rescue groups. As a condition of the license, all commercial establishments, humane societies and rescue groups must grant animal control officers permission to inspect their facilities to ensure all animals meet the standards set forth in the animal control ordinance. The proposed amendments also make revisions to the rules regarding dangerous dogs. Other items to come before the board include: * A public hearing on the setting of the 2010 property tax millage rate. * A presentation by Chief Ranger Terry Quigley of the Georgia Forestry Commission's Coweta office. * Discussion of a bond issuance proposed by the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. * A proclamation for William Thomas Overby Day, and a resolution regarding the 40th anniversary for the Powers' Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival.

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