Aggressive animal cases may no longer have to go to court right away. If Animal Control is called to your house because of an incident with your pet and they decide your animal is dangerous, they will give you a list of rules to follow such as keeping your animal in a pen, obeying leash laws, and using a muzzle to prevent any accidents.
Citizen Sarah Adams said, "I think it’s important to keep your animals on a leash, or in a fenced-in area, because you never know how a dog will react to a small child or another animal."
If an owner does not think his or her pet is dangerous, he or she will have the chance to voice concerns to a panel of citizens who are experienced with animals chosen by animal control officials.
This will prevent these cases from being taken to court, which citizens hope will save time.
Citizen Richard Smith, Jr. said, "If you have a review panel or a committee they can probably react to it at much quicker pace than what you would see in the courts."
Citizen Richard Smith Sr. said, "I think it’s a good thing because the court systems are cluttered enough and this is a matter that could be handled without the court being involved."
But if the pet owner is not satisfied with the board’s ruling then they are still able to take the matter to court.
For more information on the Animal Control Board or information on how you can get involved, call the Thomas County Animal Shelter at 229-228-0613.