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Dalton proposes amendments to cat leash law

DALTON, GA. (AP) - Proposed changes to an animal control ordinance in a north Georgia city could strike down an unusual requirement that cat owners be forced to keep their animals leashed.

A proposed amendment to the city's ordinance would also forbid owners from chaining dogs. Those convicted of violating the law would face fines that vary by the offense.

The city amendment also removes a requirement that cats be kept on a leash when they are off an owners property.

The City Council had a first reading of the changes on Monday. The council can vote on the changes after the second reading on Aug. 16.

City attorney Jim Bisson says a service delivery agreement with Whitfield County, which handles animal control in the city, requires city animal control law match the countyÂ's.

Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.daltondailycitizen.com

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