The City of LaGrange Animal Control Division has revised its Pit Bull Ordinance so that the LaGrange-Troup County Animal Shelter is allowed to adopt out Pit Bull breeds. The adoption process is a bit different from those of our other adoptions. Our volunteers work in coordination with the Animal Control officers to assess which Pit Bulls are eligible for adoption. They must pass a health screening and behavioral assessment tests before becoming available for adoption.
Pit Bull breeds can be awesome family pets, but like every pet they must be properly paired with the right person/family and trained. If you are interested in adopting a bully breed, please educate yourself about the breed law. Regardless of what pet you meet in our shelter, we encourage you to learn everything you can about the breed to make sure it’s a good match. Also be sure to consult a reputable trainer and veterinarian.
We are here to answer any questions you may have, and help you get started on your research. For the full City of LaGrange ordinance, please click here.
Here is a list of things you may need to know if you are considering adopting a Pit Bull breed and live in the city limits of LaGrange:
1. You must have $50,000 of liability insurance per dog and provide a copy of the insurance policy to Animal Control.
2. You must have an enclosure that is at least 6-feet high and be approved by Animal Control.
3. If you are walking the dog outside of the enclosure, the dog must be leashed and muzzled.
4. The dog must be spayed/neutered in conjunction with the adoption.
5. The dog must be current on vaccinations. (This is also done in conjunction to adoption if adopted from the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter.)
6. The dog must be brought to the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter to have a picture taken and to be registered with Animal Control. There is a $10 fee for this. This will be done during the adoption process if the dog has been adopted from the shelter. If not adopted from the shelter, the dog still must come to the animal shelter for a picture to be taken to complete the registration process.
As of December 2015, there are ordinances in place that forbid permanent tethering of a dog within the LaGrange, GA city limits. Some of the main points and guidelines of the ordinance include:
Proper enclosures must have an adequate space for exercise based on a dimension of:
- at least one hundred (100) square feet per each dog that weighs fewer than twenty (20) pounds and
- two hundred (200) square feet per each dog that weighs more than twenty (20) pounds
- Proper enclosures shall also contain appropriate shelter of sufficient size to allow each dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down.
Any dog that is housed outside of its owner’s house shall be housed in a proper enclosure
Direct point chaining or tethering of a dog is prohibited.
As a secondary means of restraint to a proper enclosure, a dog may be attached to a running cable line or trolley system providing that:
- Only one dog may be attached to each running cable line or trolley system
- Tethers and cables attaching the dog to the running cable line or trolley system shall not weigh more than 25% percent of the body weight of the dog
- A running cable line or trolley system must have a swivel installed at each end and be attached to a stationary object that cannot be moved by the dog
- The running cable line or trolley system must be at least 10 feet long and positioned far enough away from any other objects to prohibit the tangling of the cable/lead line
- The running cable line or trolley system must not extend over an object or an edge that could result strangulation of the dog
- The running cable line or trolley system must be of sufficient distance from any fence so as to prohibit the dog from access to the fence
- The length of the lead line from the running cable line or trolley system to the dog’s harness should allow access to the maximum available exercise area and allow the animal free access to food, water, and shelter.
- The lead line must be attached to a properly fitted harness not used for the display of a current rabies tag and other identification. Collars are prohibited for the purpose of securing a dog to a running cable line or trolley system.
If an electronic animal confinement system is used to confine a dog, it shall provide a properly fitted and working signal device that will be worn by the dog to be enclosed.
For the full tethering ordinance, please click here or stop by the LaGrange – Troup County Humane Society for a copy.