The Fulton County Commission and the LifeLine Animal Project.

The Fulton County Commission and the LifeLine Animal Project, which provides animal control services for the county under a contract, held a ribbon cutting for the new animal shelter and clinic on Nov. 17, 2023.

Credit: Photo courtesy LifeLine

The Atlanta City Council approved a resolution at its Monday meeting authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Fulton County to resume providing animal control services.

Councilmember Andrea Boone introduced the resolution for immediate consideration. The resolution was necessary after Fulton County abruptly halted providing animal control services in the city on April 5. 

The resolution calls for Fulton County to resume providing services in the city as soon as Mayor Andre Dickens and the county finalize an intergovernmental agreement, or IGA. The IGA continues through Dec. 31, 2028.

The council must also approve an ordinance to contract with Fulton County to provide animal control services. The ordinance would be retroactive to Jan. 1. 

“We did receive communication from the county attorney stating that they would — well, that the county attorney — would have no objection to the two-part method of legislation,” City Attorney Amber Robinson told the city council.

The ordinance is expected to be voted on at the May 6 meeting.

This story comes to GPB through a reporting partnership with Rough Draft Atlanta.