Commissioners Discuss Animal Cruelty Laws

Animal groups say the laws as they are now are too vague to be really effective.

The Extended Circle Animal Haven has been saving animals of all walks of life for years. The organization believes in a no kill policy, which means animals are treated humanely; put down when they're suffering incurable pain or are a serious un-trainable danger.

Cindy McNeely of Extended Circle Animal Haven says, "We receive calls all the time about animals who are treated inhumanely."

Next Tuesday the organization is hoping the county will start taking steps to create a newer, more specific ordinance when it comes to the treatment of local animals.

Cindy says, "One of the issues will be strengthening Leon County law so that Animal Control will have more authority to protect animals living in inhuman conditions."

The Leon County animal director says he's happy for the opportunity to speak with commissioners because it's time to reassess the current ordinance.

Richard Ziegler with Leon County Animal Control says, "Some of the changes deal with the dangerous dog classification, strengthening and clarifying it, and it also deals with vaccinations."

Cindy adds, "Animals here in this area need some protection and this would help Leon County and the city enforce proper treatment of animals."

The Extended Circle Animal Haven says no matter what happens next Tuesday, it will continue to save animals, but if some changes are made to current laws, it could make its job easier.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, starting at 3 p.m. in the County Courthouse, fifth floor. While there is no planned Q&A for the public to speak with commissioners, citizens are invited.