Ordinance requires Columbus dog owners to register pets

Published 4:44 pm Friday, August 22, 2008

Pet owners in Columbus may soon be required to register their dogs.

Additionally, a $10 annual fee, will be required and dogs must wear identification tags.

The Columbus City Council has approved an initial adoption of a new animal control ordinance for the city.

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After 30 days, including time for a public hearing on the matter, the City Council will be asked to issue final approval.

City Attorney Jeff Turnage says the fees collected will cover administrative costs to the city.

The mayor and City Council establish the penalties for various offenses.

If a dog is found without identification, the pet owner will be charged $10 for the first violation, $20 for the second offense and $40 for the third violation.