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City Commission takes up unattended animal tethering, approves West 3rd Street property sale

June 28, 2021–8:39 p.m.


The Rome City Commission has approved amendments to the animal control ordinance.

One of the amendments prohibits the unattended tethering of dogs and other animals, whether by a chain, rope, tie, leash, or other fasteners, whether inside a structure or a vehicle or outdoors.

A domestic animal or livestock may only be tethered on a temporary basis while the animal is attended by its owner, and if the tether is attached to a properly fitted harness or collar.

Nancy Knight, the co-founder of the North Georgia Animal Partnership, spoke in favor.

“They are at high risk of entanglement, restricting their movements, strangulation, and attacks by other dogs,” she said.  “They often tip over their water bowls while dragging a chain.  Put simply, dog-chaining creates a life of misery for dogs who remain solitary and tethered for much of their lives.”

Floyd County Public Animal Services Director Jeff Mitchell said the next step after the passage of the ordinance is to educate the community.

“None of these ordinances here are to hurt anybody in the community,” he said.  “We just want what’s best for these animals.  We have groups stepping up who are willing to donate their time to put up fences and to assist wherever needed.”

Also during Monday’s meeting, the city commission approved the sale of just over two acres of land adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott on West 3rd Street to Four Stones Real Estate.