After months of discussion and out-and-out debate on a new animal ordinance, Dothan City Commissioners voted down the draft as presented Tuesday. The vote was 1-5. Only the chair of the animal control ordinance committee, District 4 Commissioner John Craig, voted for the proposal. District 1 Commissioner Larry Matthews did not attend the meeting. The ordinance has been controversial from the start, in part because it required a registration fee of $30 for all those non-neutered cats and dogs. The fee for “dangerous dogs” was proposed at $250. Many called the fee an added tax. The ordinance also called for mandatory spay and neutering.
Source: Voting complete on Dothan’s animal ordinance By Debbie Ingram, Dothan Eagle