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Vidalia Amends Animal Control Law
Monday, 08 November 2010

November 8--  Dog owners in Vidalia have some new laws to abide by regarding dogs which are kept outside.

The city council Monday night amended the city's animal control ordinance  requiring owners to furnish dogs food, water, shelter and protection from the elements at all times.  

For dogs which are chained outside, it must be on a free running line to avoid entanglement, according to Marla Jernigan from the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society.

"For dogs which are chained on stationary chains, they are now required to have a swivel so they can move on these chains and the chains must be at least ten feet.  We are so pleased tonight that city council passed this," Jernigan said.

The new law also prohibits inhumane treatment of animals and outlaws abandonment of dogs and cats.

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