Lowndes County Animal Welfare Laws



A. Primary enforcement responsibility: The provisions of this ordinance shall be enforced by animal control officers and authorized officer of Lowndes County.

B. Interference: No person shall interfere with, hinder, or molest the animal control officers or authorized officers of the county in the performance of their duties or seek to release any animal in the custody of the animal control officer, except as herein provided.

C. Citations: Animal control officers and authorized officers of Lowndes County are hereby authorized to issue citations to any person for violation of any provision of this ordinance. The citation shall be a form approved by the Lowndes County Justice Court, shall designate the offense charged and shall require person so charged to appear before the Lowndes County Justice Court on a certain date to answer the charges therein contained.

D. Penalties: Any person violating any provision of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less that twenty-five ($25.00), nor more than five-hundred dollars ($500.00), and if such violation be continued, each day's violation shall be a separate offense.

E. Equipment: Animal control officers are authorized to employ any equipment it deems necessary to enforce the provisions of this ordinance, including, without limitation, humane wire box traps, and the animal control officer may, subject to conditions it may determine lend such traps or other equipment to private persons for the purpose of preventing nuisances resulting from animals at large.