Lee County holding public hearing on animal ordinance

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- At 9:30 a.m., Lee County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on repealing and replacing the county’s animal ordinance, approving associated fees, and creating a Domestic Animal Services Advisory Committee.

The county passed new rules back in February, but not without controversy. Now, they’ll look at changing parts of the law including spay and neuter guidelines and breeder restrictions.

Commissioners are looking to delete the requirement the breeders have a license with the county, and eliminate surprise, in-house inspections. Breeders say that violates their rights.

An animal would be sterilized if it was picked up for a second time by animal services. The first time, the owner would get a warning.

Tethering laws would still remain in place. Owners are banned from tying up an animal outside their home.

WINK News will have a crew at the meeting and will bring you updates on the developments.

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