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Spay and neuter mandate off the table at Savannah City Council


The proposed ordinance to require spay and neutering for cats and dogs in Savannah is now off the table.

Over the summer, Animal Control made several recommendations to the city's animal ordinance, which included making it mandatory for all cats and dogs to be spayed and neutered.

The purpose was to reduce the amount of unwanted animals in the city. A lot of folks were unhappy about this proposal, including the Savannah Humane Society. They said it was a bad idea, right now, because there are no low-cost options to spay and neuter in the area.

Thursday, they were pleased to hear that's it’s no longer a part of the current proposal.

"My understanding is that in the future there may be some review of what needs to improve because our ordinance could benefit from additional improvements, but not at this time as it relates to cats and dogs,” said Lynn Gensamer, Human Society of Greater Savannah.

The city is working to bring their animal ordinance in line with the county's ordinance, to make the entire county easier for Animal Control to patrol.

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