Brookhaven, GA, October 12, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven City Councilmembers adopted a new Animal Control Ordinance during their Tuesday meeting, and has specifically identified DeKalb Animal Control as the agency for issuing citations for violations. The new ordinance specifically delegates Brookhaven’s Chief of Police, or his designee, the authority to enforce the ordinance.
Until now, Brookhaven Police and DeKalb Police have been going back and forth trying to figure out the best way to enforce an animal control ordinance in the City. Due to semantics such as code numbers and whether DeKalb has jurisdiction in the City, the issue has lingered.
During a Work Session earlier this month, Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura told Councilmembers the City Police Force does not have the necessary training, nor the physical assets to perform Animal Control services like DeKalb does. So, through an agreement, the County will provide the lion-share of this enforcement.
By adopting this new ordinance, the City says enforcement will begin immediately. This includes enforcement of the leash law.
From the ordinance, Section 5-4: “It shall be the duty of any person to keep an animal under restraint and control at all times while the animal is off the real property limits of the owner. Such areas shall not include city parks that are specifically designated by appropriate signage and fencing as off leash areas. In the absence of such signage and fencing, an animal must be under restraint and control within all city parks.”
Currently, there are no officially designated off-leash areas in the City of Brookhaven’s Parks. However, in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Brookhaven Park (if it is ever transferred to the City) and Skyland Park would each have space designated as “dog-parks”.
The full ordinance as adopted is below.