The Advisory Board will meet at 5:15 p.m., Monday, in Room 108, the meeting room in the Spalding County Annex. ACCAB Chairman Kelly Palmatier told the Spalding County Commissioners said the board has discussed pet licensing requirements for several meetings, as a possible way to reduce the over-population of pets in the county.
Since the last ACCAB meeting, Palmatier told the commissioners, “I wanted to let you know we had great feedback on increasing pet adoptions and increasing funding for the spay and neuter fund.”
She said the board wanted to postpone its proposal on licensing until it can get more feedback and she invited the commissioners to attend Monday’s Advisory Board meeting.
At the April 2 Board of Commissioners meeting. the commissioners also heard from someone opposed to any kind of pet licensing. During public comments, Henry Collins told the commissioners he and others “are against this business of requiring our cats and dogs to get licenses.”
Collins said people get pets for three reasons, for their children, for hunting and “because we want ‘em and they’re lovable.”
If pet licensing come before the commissioners, Collins told the commissioners, “I hope you’ll consider voting it down. If you do approve this, you may be opening a can of worms you’ll regret.”
Collins said a lot of people are interested in this and plan on attending Monday’s meeting.
The agenda for the Monday’s meeting includes a request for public comments on ideas to reduce pet overpopulation, and discussion on ideas including possible revisions to pet licensing idea. Other items for discussion include possible extension of pet shelter hours; possible increase of adoption fees to go to Spay Spalding Fund.
The Advisory Board is also scheduled to conclude its discussion on transporting animals in open-bed vehicles