Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - State law in Georgia defines a vicious dog as any dog that inflicts severe injury on a human without provocation, but to be declared vicious, the dog must have bitten people on at least two occasions.
Some cities don't think the state laws go far enough. They've enacted stronger local laws to deal with dangerous dogs.
In September, two American bulldogs attacked and killed an Australian Shepherd in the Indian Oaks Subdivision. The shepherd's owner shot and killed one of the bulldogs. That incident raised concerns about dog dangers in Leesburg. Since then, the City Council has put more teeth in its dogs ordinance to prevent future attacks on humans.
"We said potentially dangerous dogs would include not just those that attack human beings but also those that would attack other domestic animals, because that's a good indication that the dog is fairly dangerous," said Burt Gregory, Barnes, Nesmith, Edison, and Gregory in Americus.
Albany Humane Society Officials say not enough communities deal with the issue, they say only about half of Georgia's 159 counties have animal control officials, leash laws, or ordinances to protect against dangerous or vicious dogs.
"Some of the cities had not taken the steps Leesburg had taken to update their ordinance and still had very minimal ordinances on the books," said Gregory.
The Albany City Commission isn't one of them, in fact Leesburg based its new law on Albany's ordinance which also goes further than the state law definition for dangerous and vicious dogs.
"They went as so far as to add that if a dog is chained then that can be considered a potentially dangerous dog without there having to be an actual injury or provocation of injury," said Nathan Davis, Albany City Attorney.
They also regulate enclosures, so dogs don't become enraged. "They set a minimum size of 200 square feet, the theory being that's maybe large enough that the dog can get some exercise and not feel so confined and be dangerous," said Davis.
In Dougherty County last year alone, there were 67 dog bites cases reported, although none were classified as a vicious attack.
Leesburg's ordinance will require pet owners to register their dogs with the city if they bite another domesticated animal making them a potentially dangerous dog. They could also face fines and necessary liability insurance.