NORTH FORSYTH — The Forsyth commission decided Thursday night to proceed with public hearings to amend the county’s animal control ordinance.
The change would require anyone adopting an animal from the shelter to enter into a written contract to have the animal spayed or neutered within a certain time frame.
Prior to the decision, commissioners heard from several residents who worry that some young animals would not be fixed prior to adoption, depending on what age requirements are set.
The speakers also expressed concern that the board for the county’s new animal shelter, which opened last month, be able to review the proposal.
On Sept. 9, the commission discussed how young animals would be able to return to be fixed once they were 6 months or older.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ website states that puppies can be spayed or neutered at eight weeks, which is also about the time animals are weaned.
Commissioners reiterated that they were not adopting any policy at this time, and that any proposal would be subject to public hearings in October.