AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - After months of debate, Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners have finally passed a new Animal Ordinance. The vote was 7 to 3, with Commissioners Dennis Williams, Marion Williams and Ben Hasan voting against the measure.
One of the major sticking points that's been holding up the ordinance is the fees. The final version does not require a registration fee for cats or dogs that have been spayed or neutered. Owners will still be required to have their pets vaccinated for rabies annually. For pet owners who chose not to get their animals fixed, there's a $10 annual fee. (Owners who have multiple pets will not be charged more than $200.) The annual rabies vaccination is still required.