The Piedmont City Council, on Tuesday, unanimously adopted a 13-page ordinance establishing a new animal control policy for the city.
The new policy is aimed to strengthen current animal control rules concerning both pets and livestock, dealing with everything from animal nuisances to animal attacks and cruelty cases. It also outlines requirements for rabies vaccinations, quarantine, and the appointment of animal control officers.
The penalty for violating the new rules as set forth in the ordinance, include a maximum fine of $500 and/or up 90 days in jail. Additionally, offenders will be required to pay all expenses, related to shelter, food, veterinary care, boarding, and in some cases euthanasia, when required.
You can read the new ordinance in its entirety below:
In other business, the council agreed to annex a Steinburg Road property into the city limits. City officials said the move was to correct an error, as the property was thought to already be a part of the city. Council Member Doug Dickeson abstained from the vote, due to the fact that the property is owned by his relatives.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $316,686.96, with Council Member Terry Kiser abstaining from the vote.
Prior to the meeting, Piedmont’s 8U Dixie Youth baseball team was recognized for winning the 2019 Dixie Youth AA Machine Pitch World Series, recently held in Ruston, Louisiana. Competing as Team Alabama, the squad set several Division 2 World Series records along the way to bring home Piedmont’s first Dixie Youth championship in over 56 years.
Mayor Bill Baker said the team will be honored as the Grand Marshall in this year’s Christmas Parade.
The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for November 5th, immediately following the work session, which is set for 5:30pm.