Over 80 residents turned out to provide their input on issues relating to animal control at a community meeting concerning updating the current animal control ordiance. Walker County plans to update animal ordinances this year. Before work begins, Commissioner Whitfield and his team want to hear from the public about the problems they’re having with animals.
There were numerous comments and concerns expressed about the responsibility of animal owners and methods to make those owners more accountable. Roaming animals, vaccination, chaining, farm animals in residential areas, trap neuter release programs for feral cats, creating a licensing program and mandatory spay/neuter for overpopulated breeds were among other topics discussed.
The process of updating the ordinance will take much time and will likely take much of the year to complete. The public will have another opportunity to weigh in on the topic prior to any changes being approved.
The current Animal Code for Walker County can be read here.