Changes to Augusta's Animal Ordinance in effect

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Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta Animal Services implemented new ordinance changes on Jan. 1, 2017 along with its other services offered.

The changes include:

- Pet registering: all dogs and cats over the age of six months in the City of Augusta are required to be registered with Augusta Animal Services
Registration is free for dogs and cats with proof of spay/neuter and proof of annual rabies vaccination by a licensed vet. Registration is $10 per year for cats and dogs NOT spayed/neutered with proof of rabies vaccination by licensed vet. The fee for owners with 20 or more dogs or cats won't exceed $200.

- NO tethering dogs on leashes if the owner is not home. There is a fine if the owner is home or in the front yard and in sight of another dog.

- All owners must pick up after their dogs in public places, like public parks and even on sidewalks. If someone reports the owner and there is a witness, the owner can be fined.

- Dogs considered threatening or aggressive are not allowed on a property where another animal can jump over the fence. The dogs can be deemed a danger to neighbors by Augusta Animal Services.

- Neighbors cannot allow their dogs to make audible noises like howling or barking that exceeds: 10 minutes between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., 20 minutes between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and 120 minutes during a 24 hour period.

- Each ordinance is treated like a law and will be punished as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail or a one thousand dollar fine.

For a complete list of important things you should know about the upcoming change in animal ordinances, click here.

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