Proposed animal ordinance voted down

Months of research, planning and debate came to an end Tuesday night when the Fulton City Council voted down a bill containing changes to the city’s animal control ordinance.

After lengthy debate, the bill could not garner the support needed in order to advance to second reading at the council’s next meeting.

Tiffany McBee, a member of the special committee formed by Mayor LeRoy Benton back in April, started off the discussions during the work session by asking council members to keep four things in mind when considering the proposed bill.

Namely, McBee was concerned with accountability for owners, using registration as a way to keep track of animals and promote spaying and neutering and also the issue of chaining and tethering animals for long periods.

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