Animal Ordinance and Laws

The following are animal control laws:
  • All dogs, cats and ferrets three months and older are required to be vaccinated against rabies. Only a licensed veterinarian is permitted to give this vaccine.
  • All dogs, after being vaccinated, are required to wear a collar and a current rabies vaccination tag at all times. Knowing how difficult it is to keep a collar on a cat or ferret, the owner is required to present proof of vaccination upon request.
  • Any dog, cat or ferret that has bitten a person must be quarantined for ten (10) days for rabies observation, or the body must be submitted for rabies testing to the State lab in Atlanta.
  • It is unlawful for any person to cruelly treat, maim, or beat any animal. It is unlawful for any person to deprive any animal of necessary food and water, or to abuse or torture any animal.
  • Animals must be treated in a humane manner - Sec 1-5-1
  • It is unlawful for anyone to knowingly or willfully abandon any animal. Sec 1-7-1
  • Any animal running at large, causing damage, or is annoying to others, or an animal that does not have a collar and tag, may be impounded by Animal Control. The owner will be responsible for all impound and boarding fees and may be charged with a violation of the Animal Control Ordinance (PDF). 1-5-1, 1-13-4 Violations and Penalties 1-5-4
  • Citizens who witness an ordinance violation are encouraged to file a complaint.
If you have a problem with an animal in your area, please call Animal Control at 706-769-3956.