Leon Co. Meeting on Proposed Changes to Animal Ordinance

By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release
By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release

Tallahassee, Florida - July 22, 2011 -

Leon County will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Leon County Public Works Department, 2280 Miccosukee Road, to discuss proposed changes to Leon County Ordinance Chapter 4, Animal.

The Leon County Division of Animal Control is proposing changes to better protect the public health and safety and promote the general welfare of citizens and animals in the unincorporated area of Leon County. Many of the proposed changes were included to make the City of Tallahassee’s ordinance and the County’s ordinance more consistent.

The purpose of this meeting is to receive input from County residents who wish to address the proposed changes to the ordinance. Representatives from Leon County Animal Control and the Leon County Attorney’s office will be present to receive citizen input and to answer questions.

Proposed changes include, but are not limited to, provisions addressing dog fighting issues, pet abandonment, the definition of a proper shelter and care for animals during natural disasters. A complete list of the revisions can be found online at www.leoncountyfl.gov/admin/agenda/attach/110712/A1902.pdf , and in addition, copies will be provided at the Aug. 2 community meeting.

The County Commission is scheduled to consider the proposed changes at the regularly scheduled public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers on the 5th floor of the Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe Street.

For any questions regarding the meeting or the proposed changes to the ordinance, please feel free to contact Animal Control Director Richard Ziegler at (850) 606-5400 / ZieglerR@leoncountyfl.gov or Jon D. Brown, Leon County Public Information Officer, at (850) 606-5300 / pio@leoncountyfl.gov .

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