The Albany, Georgia City Commissioners plan to convene the city’s Citizens Advisory Committee to discuss a new dangerous dog ordinance. Commissioner Roger Marietta proposed adding an element to the city’s current ordinance that puts restrictions specifically on owners of pit bull-type dogs. While no incidents have occurred in Albany, Marietta cites “news reports involving ‘pit bulls’ from across the country” as his motive to regulate the breed in Albany.
Despite the city attorney’s acknowledgement that the current ordinance categorizes an animal as “dangerous” by its behavior and actions, he has already started to work on an updated ordinance that would, among other things, require pit bull owners to register their animals, provide specific enclosures for them and require the owner to maintain insurance or a surety bond.
City officials are divided on this issue, with Commissioner Tommie Postell stating that any new ordinance should apply to all dangerous dogs, regardless of breed.
The commission voted to approve the suggestion that the Citizens Advisory Committee discuss the issue and make a recommendation, including whether any new legislation should be breed specific.
No date has been set as to when the Advisory Committee will meet to discuss this issue.
Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Albany officials listed below. Please also provide city officials with viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration. We recommend sending the city officials the NAIA publication, “A Guide to Constructing Successful, Pet Friendly ordinances.” The guide has some excellent points that would help lay the groundwork for an ordinance that will address the problems in the city.
Talking points and alternatives to breed specific legislation can be found here.
City Manager James Taylor
222 Pine Avenue, Suite 560
Albany, GA 31702-0447
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Agendas and Minutes can be found here.