New animal control ordinances come to Clayton

Where is PETA when something positive is done for animals (and by default, the rest of us)?

Recently, our Board of Commissioners voted in new animal ordinances that should work in the best interests of animals as well as humans. As per the News-Daily, the ordinances are not breed specific and include, among other things:

“The annual registration costs for keeping animals declared dangerous, or vicious by the court system — for biting, maiming or killing other animals or humans — will be $1,000. Previously, the annual registration cost for dangerous animals was $100.”

“Restraining a dog by means of tether, chain, cable, rope, leash, or cord, which is attached to a fixed object, or staked to the ground, is considered illegal. All dogs confined outside must be kept within an enclosed fence, no more than six feet in height, or by a running-cable line, or trolley system.”

“Other than licensed kennels, pet shops and clinics, no person shall keep more than five dogs or cats in their home. Owners of animals with litters exceeding four puppies, or kittens, will be required to purchase a $25 breeding permit, which will give the owner a 4-month stay of the county ordinance. Second and third litters by the same animal within the calendar year will cost the owner $50 and $100, respectively.”

You can contact Clayton county’s Animal Control Unit for assistance, but know the priority will be tending to injured animals as opposed to corralling loose ones, according to their web site where other basic questions are answered.

Speaking as someone who has been chased indoors and/or trapped in my car more than once because of someone’s roving, unattended, sweet, loving pet who would never harm a soul … until they do, I am pleased with these new ordinances.

Pet owners and non-pet owners – what do you think of these new ordinances?

Further, there are plenty of animals needing homes at the Clayton County Humane Society but thanks to the new ordinances, one now must pass a criminal background check in order to adopt.

Do you like animals better than humans?

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TONIGHT- the Clayton county Board of Education will meet (1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro) regarding the school bus policy at 6:00 p.m. A second meeting on this issue may be held on September 13.

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Truthstater

August 23rd, 2010
10:53 am

Clayton County needs very strong animal control ordinances, restrictions, and laws and I am in complete and total agreement on these more stricter and stringent ordinances. laws, restrictions, and regulations passed by the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners at last week’s Tuesday Business Meeting on Tuesday August 17, 2010.

To many undesirables (mainly from the closed up ghetto housing projects in the city of Atlanta, Georgia), criminal types, youths who are members of Gangs, drug dealers and distributers are moving to Clayton County and have or acquire these very dangerous dogs (pit bulls and other dangerous species of dogs) and do not secure them properly at their places of residence.

Also, the animal control location of Clayton County that is run by the Clayton County Police Department can also testify that many of the undesirable and questionable youths, young adults, and adults come regulary to obtain these dangerous animals.

Also, the blog master Ms. Kimberly Allen also listed some of the other things that this stronger and more stringent ordinance will do to safeguard the citizens and residents of Clayton County against these dangerous dogs.

RECOGNITION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, AND THANKS GO OUT TO BOTH THE CLAYTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT, CLAYTON COUNTY’S LEGAL ADVISOR TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE CLAYON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY AND OF COURSE THE CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR ALL OF THEIR INVOLVEMENT AND HARD WORK WHICH LED TO THE PASSING AND APPROVING OF MORE STRONGER, STRINGENT, AND TOUGHER ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCES, LAWS, RESTRICTIONS AND REGULATIONS IN CLAYTON COUNTY.

bigdogears

August 23rd, 2010
12:46 pm

I’m a pet owner. I love my dog. My wife and I treat him as a part of our family (which he is). I think it’s terrible that people who say they love there dogs would chain them to a tree 24/7 with little food, water or human contact. There people shouldn’t be allowed to own a pet of any kind. It’s a shame that they can still be parents though! Kudos to the county commission and all those involved for doing the right thing for animals.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

(( ” Owners of animals with litters exceeding four puppies, or kittens, will be required to purchase a $25 breeding permit ” ))

This Ordinance just another way to pick our pockets;
Here we go again, by being punished for the misdeeds and misconduct of others.I am one to go with the flow toward total dictatorship,but, this appears to me that this is the direction that are heading for.
I absolutely fed up with being penalize for the misconduct and the misdeeds, of our uneducated population of this county.

Brother from another county

August 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Yep I love animals a whole lot more than human beingz. They are loyal and never let you down unlike people. People who use their animals to fight and all that crazy stuff should not be allowed to own animals. Looks like pet owners will be more financially responsible in Clayton another reason to steer clear

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 23rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Some people in our county don’t have business for owning dogs. I have filed many complaints for th mistreatment of animals in this county.
Absolutely nothing has been done to discourage the acts.The last time that I reported an act of animal cruelly, I was met at my door by three Police with ill intentions to bring charges against me. It was good on my part that had my rights and had the intestinal fortitude resist such behaver.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 23rd, 2010
2:12 pm

If the BOC really wants to clean this county up with Ordinances; Make in against our moral laws, in this county, for males to drop their pants, below their waist line in public and public places; Then and only then, would we see some results in Clayton County.

A proud snitch...

August 23rd, 2010
2:49 pm

Who can I contact to report people in my neighborhood?????

kallen

August 23rd, 2010
3:04 pm

A proud snitch … that’s funny :)

kallen

August 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

via Press Release:

Clayton County, GA – Clayton County Board of Commissioners (CCBOC) is hosting a community meeting to discuss the County’s Disparity Study that is now underway. The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 26 at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, located at 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro, GA 30236 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Included in the evening’s program is a networking session from 6:00pm – 6:30pm.

The Study analyzes minority and woman-owned business enterprises and their utilization on contracts with the county. Clayton County is one of a few metro Atlanta counties that have contracted a study of this sort in addressing disparity. It is being conducted by Mason Tillman Associates, a minority, woman-owned consulting firm based in Oakland, California for more than 27 years. Mason Tillman has conducted 108 disparity studies since 1990 for various counties, cities, special districts and states, and is a nationally recognized authority on disparity studies and public policy research.

Additionally, Clayton County managers will discuss upcoming contracting opportunities. Those individuals and businesses interested in attending should RSVP at 770-216-1702 or Claytonstudy@mtaltd.com . All are encouraged to attend.

say what?

August 23rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Information in the right direction.Too bad an animal has to be convicted by the courts for the annual fee of $1k to be inacted. Do loose dogs count, and what about those who chase chilfren from the bus stops? Oh well, it is a start in the right direction.

Billy Bob

August 23rd, 2010
4:56 pm

hey can we get an ordinance passed to keep the little hoodlums from riding their bikes or walking out in the middle of a double line road when traffic is trying to pass through?

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 23rd, 2010
4:57 pm

What I have seen these uncivilized savages to do ” Man’s Best Friend “, in our county, is disgusting, to say the least.
What we have, is what we have always had; A failure to enforce our laws in our State with determination. Most of the work is done by the reports from neighbors, what our law enforcement does after that, depends on how well they enforce the State Laws on individuals.

Mary

August 23rd, 2010
5:26 pm

I’m glad to hear that we now have some active laws to help deal with dangerous animals and immature, uncaring pet owners.

DoubleAction, who the heck are you calling an uncivilized savage? How about you take a look in the mirror. I bet you’ll find one there.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 23rd, 2010
6:13 pm

Mary; I have agree with you on your opinion about me; Everyone has an opinion, even uncivilized savages like myself :)

2DPoint

August 23rd, 2010
6:24 pm

These new ordinances aren’t all that much different than what’s on the books right now. The problem is a lack of timely response from animal control (and at times the police) when it comes to dangerous animals on the loose or pet owners not properly restraining their pets. Someone else here mentioned what would happen when dogs are chasing children walking to/from school and possibly biting them? Will CCPS take responsibility for that? And what about back-door breeders? They’re not only in violation of current ordinances but they also tend to attract seedy characters to neighborhoods depending on the breed of dog they’re peddling.

Sick of it all

August 23rd, 2010
6:55 pm

As a pet owner who treats my pets like the family members they are, I say it is about time. I don’t blame the dogs for their behavior, I blame the owners. With pet ownership, there comes responsibility. I wish the fine was more. What I do fear though is that once a pet is labled vicious, he will be discarded by the “owner” so the fine doesn’t have to be paid the next year. Some people look at pets as being disposable.

I see stupid people

August 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

The county won’t see any $$$ unless they drive around and check for pitbulls and their owners. Just like most laws, the good and honest folk who do right will come forward and pay while the hoodlums won’t bother unless they get caught when their vicious dog bites someone.

PINKEYE

August 23rd, 2010
10:58 pm

Obviously the commissioners have never had a dog or are pandering to the elitist! Dogs have been tethered to stationary objects for “Centuries”! These commissioners and the like are so-called more interested in “Animals than Humans”! This has to be a “New Low”!

Captain Midnight

August 24th, 2010
10:35 am

Does anyone here really believe that the types of people who own or breed these “status symbols” really give one crap about the law?
Clayton county can’t police it’s “citizens”. How are they gonna enforce some dog laws?

Captain Midnight

August 24th, 2010
10:39 am

Pinkeye, read ordinances in surrounding municipalities regarding tethering animals to stationary objects. It’s illegal everywhere.
Btw, you sound like one of those Mike Vick supporter. “They just some dawgs”.

bonbon

August 24th, 2010
10:53 am

so, in order for any dog to be deemed “vicious” someone or another animal must be bitten, injured or killed first? seriously? i have a neighbor that keeps his dogs tethered because he doesn’t have a good fence but he has been allowed to keep his dogs! there are 15 pitbull dogs in my neighborhood alone and on any given day, at least three are roaming and knocking trash cans over and terrorizing kids and adults! EVEN IF IT’S A SMALL DOG, IT BITES, IT HURTS!

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 24th, 2010
12:57 pm

I bred Shetland Sheep dogs, which is a smaller version of the Collie and much like the border collie. I quickly found from having two females and one male, why the movies prefers to use males. The dog, Lassie was a male. The males do as they are taught and females has this built in protective instinct. I had more trouble about my females threaten to bite people than the male. My male dog is now 15 years of age and not once has he ever growled or attempted a bite a child or an adult.That don’t mean that won’t protect us while we are sleeping or alert us when a stranger approaches.
Try to name me one female dog star from the movies.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 24th, 2010
2:34 pm

I’m self confessed uncivilized savage, because I have to be, order to live among our unruly residents in this county; However, what separates us is the unruly and the sadistic nature of our species. If you truly love your pet, don’t ever leave them unattended while you go into the store, take is this warning and keep it.

I have seen would offend anyone with just a small amount kindness in their for canine friends.
I have seen through bred dogs kidnapped from cars and taken the homes of the kidnappers, chained up, no water, no food, and beaten with mop sticks. When I approached one Cocker Spaniel, she started to tremble in fear and crying out loud; I have never seen a dog so afraid in my life.
About a hour later, my wife screamed to me that the dog was being beaten, I scaled a four foot fence and I seen this tall man beating the dog with a big stick for no reason. This wasn’t the first time that is had happen, but this time, I seen it with my own eyes.
As I stood between the the dog and man, I called out to my wife to call Police. When the Police arrived, they asked the man where got the dog and he told them that found the dog in the parking lot of the grocery store up the street. The Police then asked why he was beating the dog and he told them that he was beating the dog into submission to mind them and stop the biting. The Police did nothing about this, but, when we called animal control the next morning, after the animal control left their house, the dog dug out of the fence to follow her.
The Animal control person then gave a choice, either pay a fine for violating our leash laws or give the dog up to her. The people gave the dog up and then they just found another to take it place on the chain.
Some might refer to me as being a uncivilized savage, but I’m not a cold blooded a unruly statistical monster.

Neighborly

August 24th, 2010
2:34 pm

I am soooo grateful for the new ordinances. However, I am now undecided as to whether I should report my neighbor. He has several pit bulls that have been loose in the neighborhood. Two even bit another neighbor. He has been fined several times, put on probation, etc. Now he has two pits chained to trees in his back yard. If I tell on him I stand the chance for them comprome the fence, as they have in the past, and come in my yard again. These dogs are not socialized at all and I am aftaid they will attack me and my dogs. What to do now?

Captain Midnight

August 24th, 2010
2:36 pm

“Try to name me one female dog star from the movies”
Sarah Jessica Parker.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 24th, 2010
4:13 pm

Captain Midnight : (( “Sarah Jessica Parker” ))

Ha, Ha; I applaud your efforts for trying.

Roach

August 24th, 2010
9:05 pm

*kallen–”where is PETA?” PETA and the Humane Society were here a long time ago but left because they were tired of waiting for Clayton County to wake up and smell the 20th Century. (Never mind the 21st Century–you can’t hope for too much around here.) They put change in motion long ago, and now finally their efforts come to some fruition. It’s nice to know that, in those spare moments when our county commissioners are not consumed by petty vindictiveness, cheap power plays and underhanded deals, they can actually do something positive.

Animal Lover

August 25th, 2010
9:26 am

While I am an animal lover I believe in tough leash laws. If a dog or another pet attacks someone the owner should be held accountable in the form of an assault and battery charge or manslaughter if a person dies. People get charged with vehicular homicide/manslaughter even if their cars accidentaly kill someone. Likewise when dogs are loose and end up killing children and adults the owners need to be charged likewise. People will think twice about letting their f*cking pitbulls loose to maul children.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 25th, 2010
2:09 pm

I never had a dog lie to me, Cheat me, rob me, steal from me, or break in on me. If all people was more like dogs and cats, we wouldn’t these problems; So, don’t blame the dogs, blame their owners.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 25th, 2010
2:31 pm

Neighborly; Make a complaint to the ASPCA ( American Society to Prevent the Cruelty of Animals )

http://www.aspca.org/

If the dogs ever jumped your fence, call the Police or The Animal Control in your area.

Secret Agent Man

August 25th, 2010
11:37 pm

I bet my dog Skip could run a more efficient and ethical BOE and BOC than the current crop.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 26th, 2010
10:34 am

Any questions that you might have, on ASPCA, can be addressed by going to their facebook pages.

http://www.facebook.com/aspca?v=wall&ref=search

Crazy Cat Lady

August 26th, 2010
10:58 pm

I guess I am breaking rule number one by owning more then the 5 dogs or cats. I admit when it comes to cats I am a bit crazy, but all of mine are healthy, nuetered/spayed and up to date on all shots, they are also indoors all the time. I have a dog that stays outdoors inside a fence, not chained. She is healthy and loved and attention is paid to her every day. I do agree the new rules are important and needed since not all animals are as lucky…I say get out there and report the individuals that are abusing or not properly caring for the pets they have, I would rather see them removed from a home then to live a life of misery.

donald.k.stewart

August 27th, 2010
7:14 am

Ever hear the story on how to catch wild pigs? Go Out in the woods where the wild pigs live and place some corn on the ground. Keep doing this for about a month, then go in and set up one side of a fence. The pigs will be wary for a while but soon they will come back and eat the corn. Once they relax place a second side of fence up and keep adding the corn. As the pigs become more acustomed to the fence you can add a third side. Soon you will be able to place the corn in the 3 sided area and approach the pigs to place the fourth fence enclosing the area. Now the pigs are in the pen and happy as long as you feed them corn. They will never realize they have given up their feedom for the corn. Welocme to Clayton County, Georgia and the U.S.A.

Me

August 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

There are some people that have dogs and love their dogs…. We are being punished for the crap that other people do…. Just another way to control what people do at their own homes…. I may a mortgage and don’t even have a say so as to what takes place there….. So, basically I may a mortgage for the people that I also pay taxes to pay their salary…..

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 28th, 2010
1:37 pm

donald.k.stewart; The people in this county lost their freedoms long before they came to Clayton County; They just brought their way of life with them.

I call it like a see it...

August 29th, 2010
1:38 pm

I know this is off topic but I am watching the comprehensive coverage on the 5th year anniversary of Katrina. One of the many panelists I have watched talked about the fact that the country will not address race. Every decision that is made, race is somewhere in the picture.

I agree. We can find that same practice in this paper and our local news source. What happen to the Vents and Blogs in these other areas?

I look at our situation here in Clayton where concentrated poverty is being allowed (just like New Orleans). I look at the concerted effort by local media to spot light the ills of this concentrated poverty (scaring away any chance and economic survival) and I think how much more can this county take.