Athens City Council sets public hearing on proposed animal ordinance changes

ATHENS, Ala. – There will be a public hearing on Oct. 22, 2018, to hear comments regarding proposed changes to the City of Athens animal ordinance. The hearing will occur during the regular Athens City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The proposed changes address clarifying some areas such as ADA requirements, updating sections and eliminating portions no longer viable.

The major change focuses on tethering and non-tethering.

The council is considering two options:
● Allowing dogs to be kept on a tether or in a pen with various requirements related to that option.
● Banning all tethering.

A committee of city staff and citizens drafted the ordinances with input from the city attorney and presented them to the City Council at the Oct. 8 Council meeting.

Click here to view an overview of the proposed changes and the two drafts the Council is considering.

Source: Holly Hollman/City of Athens

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