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Pet owners handing over animals because of new ordinance

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

January 14, 2008

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A new animal control ordinance in Decatur County has the humane society shelter there overcrowded with dogs and cats.

The ordinance goes into effect January 15th. It forces pet owners to register their pets and make sure they rabies shots.

Those shots only cost 15 to 20 dollars and registration is free.

But over the last week people brought more than 70 animals to the shelter. Monday alone they had to euthanize 25 animals, a much higher number than usual.

"People have been coming to the shelter to surrender their pets rather than take them to have their rabies shot and register them. And the rabies shot is for the protection of the pet, and the protection of the general public," said Pam Imnendorf, the Humane Society President.

Pet registration is easy.  You can pick up a form at the humane society or go to the county's website. Feedback