Dothan City Pet Ordinance Causing Controversy

It hasn't been approved yet, but Dothan’s new pet ordinance is causing major controversy throughout the city.

The city is concerned with the amount of animals found roaming the streets. They want to find a way to reduce that number to make neighborhoods safe and clean.

Those opposed are concerned about fees they would have to pay if their pet is picked up by the shelter. It turns out, some of these fees may be refundable.

Some also feel that the law invades their privacy and prevents them from having dogs compete in shows or bred.

The city hopes to clear up confusion during the forum so that a large majority of pet owners are pleased and the city is safe.

"We're not trying to arrest any animals or take them away because we don't have that many people that are going to be assigned, but we're just trying to do what’s right and proper,” District One Commissioner Larry Matthews said. “No one is happy about everything; you know it’s about a 50-50 split. Those that want it and those that don't. We’re just trying to listen and see what the public has to say and move on from there."

As a reminder, the public forum will take place on Tuesday night at 6PM at the Doug Tew Community Center.

All pet owners are encouraged to attend.

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