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Athens Animal Workers Oppose Georgia Pet Bill

The Georgia House is considering a new law to regulate the sale of pets in retail stores. The bill, introduced by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, of District 36, would prohibit local governments from preventing the sale of dogs and cats from any pet store in the state of Georgia. HB 144 would require pet stores to vaccinate their animals against certain diseases, and allow a 14 day return policy for owners. The idea of not prohibiting animals from being sold raises concerns for pet advocates on whether or not this leads…

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Updated Athens ordinance may affect dog owners

ATHENS, Ga. – Local dog ordinances in Athens-Clarke County didn’t reflect the Responsible Dog Ownership Law until the commission voted on Tuesday night to clean up their local ordinances to match state law.  UGA student Logan McLeod is looking for a dog of her own. She understands the importance of always keeping a close eye on a pet even before her new best friend comes home. “Sometimes they can be pretty unpredictable, even when they are good,” McLeod said. But sometimes dogs can be dangerous, even vicious. The Responsible Dog…

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Georgia’s Age Limit on Talking on the Phone While Driving

As of 10:35, the leading answer on the Grady Newsource Twitter poll was 21 years old… That’s incorrect! Epifanio Rodriguez, the public information officer of Athens Clarke County Police Department, says all drivers in Georgia under the age of 18 cannot use a phone in the car at all. Drivers over the age of 18 are allowed to dial and receive phone calls while driving. The Georgia law restricting 18+ year olds prohibits “any text-based communication” – not limited to text messages. Legal exceptions can be made if drivers are…

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Voting From Behind Bars

Don’t think prisoners can vote? Think again!  In the state of Georgia, prisoners can vote from behind bars as long as they have not been convicted of a felony.  Voting is done by absentee ballot and mailed or faxed to the Board of Elections office. Report filed by Grady NewSource reporter, Mamie Shepherd.

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