Animal control ordinance takes effect

Published 8:15 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Morris urges all pet owners in unincorporated Decatur County to comply with the county animal control ordinance that will go into effect today, Jan. 14.

The ordinance pertains to citizens living in Decatur County outside the city limits of Bainbridge, Climax, Attapulgus and Brinson.

The ordinance requires pet owners acquire a registration tag and show proof of up-to-date rabies vaccinations on all cats, dogs and ferrets. Those who have not registered or vaccinated their animals by Jan. 14 will be subject to a $50 fine. Any dog or cat found not wearing a valid vaccination and registration tag off their owner’s property may be impounded in the Bainbridge animal shelter.

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Animal registration forms can be picked up from the Planning Department at 309 Airport Road or downloaded from and tags will be provided free of charge. Proof of vaccination is necessary when registration takes place.

Although the county ordinance does not pertain to City of Bainbridge, there is already a city ordinance in place that requires tags and proof of rabies vaccination be worn on domesticated animals. Animals must also be confined to the property of the owner and under the owners control when off the property.