After the recent story about Coweta Co AC allowing a seriously ill dog to suffer instead of caring for him, I was not surprised to read the county is considering major changes to its animal control laws. But I was surprised to learn the changes have nothing to do with improving conditions at the shelter. The ordinances being considered include an anti-tethering measure, revisions to the “dangerous dogs” rules, and regulations on how dogs can ride in the bed of pick-ups.
Then there’s this:
Additionally, the proposed amendments require business licenses for commercial animal establishments, humane societies and rescue groups.
As a condition of the license, all commercial establishments, humane societies and rescue groups must grant animal control officers permission to inspect their facilities to ensure all animals meet the standards set forth in the animal control ordinance.
Humane societies and rescue groups, such as the one who rescued the suffering dog from Coweta Co AC recently, would be subject to inspection by the ACOs who apparently think suffering is A-OK. And they presumably will have to pay a licensing fee for the privilege. I’m thinking if I ran a shelter in Coweta Co, I would aim for not meeting the “standards” of local AC. Because I actually care about pets and stuff.