Macon city councilor Nancy White is pushing an ordinance at the city and county level that would require pet owners to sterilize their dogs and cats. Under her legislation, owners who do not want their dogs fixed would have to pay an extra licensing fee.
Animal welfare workers say they're reaching capacity as more pet owners are giving up their pets. Agencies are blaming the economy. The Humane Society of Greater Savannah saw an unprecendented situation a few weeks ago when 31 pets were brought in in a single day.
New rules for dogs on St. Simons Island are drawing both cheers and jeers from dog lovers. On the one hand, Glynn County officials are banning dogs on the island's beach this summer when the sand is most popular, during the day. On the other hand, they're giving dog owners the discretion to unleash their dogs and let them roam free in the mornings and evenings.
Authorities say heat has claimed the lives of 14 dogs at a Waycross animal shelter in the past three months, including a seven-month-old puppy that died Wednesday. Okefenokee Humane Society shelter manager Ben Hood says the 14 dogs died of heatstroke in the kennel, which has no fans because it lacks electricity.