Shelby County Commission adopts pet ordinances - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby County Commission adopts pet ordinances

(AP) - Shelby County Commission members have given final approval to a revised vicious dog ordinance that includes mandatory sterilization in some cases.

Commission members voted 8-3 on Monday in favor of the ordinance, which spells out how a dog will be declared vicious. Violations include "breaking the skin and causing the victim to bleed," according to The Commercial Appeal.

Dogs declared vicious must be spayed or neutered and have an electronic identification chip implanted before the owner could get it back.

In a separate vote commissioners set minimum pet care standards, including providing adequate food and water.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal.

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