Augusta is tightening it's leash on dog and pet owners

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News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Thursday, June 26, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta city leaders are getting ready to tighten their leash laws.

City officials are working on a new county animal code along with other possible adoption changes that could be happening.

We're told Animal Advisory Board Members, local rescue groups and the City's Animals Services Department have been at odds for awhile.

"Some of them have a personal ax to grind, some are staying out of it and I'm here to meet it head on," Animal Advisory Board Chairman said.

"Absolutely not, this is about animals," said Advisory Board Member Lorna Barrett.

Rescue groups want the dogs, The city wants them fixed before they're adopted. Officials voted to have both groups sit down and work out a compromise.

Augusta Commissioners are also working on a new county ordinance that will make it illegal to ride with a dog on the back of a pick up truck, require all dogs to be licensed and it would requiring mandatory spaying and neutering across Augusta-Richmond County. You also can't leave a dog tied up outside for more than 24 hours a week.

"The back of the truck is unsafe. The spay and neutered you have people who breed. I don't know how they can enforce that," said dog owner Valencia Colon.

Most dog owners tell News 12, the ordinance is a good thing especially if it will keep so many animals from being put to sleep.

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