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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Notice of Intent to Consider the Adoption of Amendments to the Rules of the Georgia Department of Agriculture Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant Program, Rule 40-13-14-.03

To All Interested Persons and Parties:

Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. § 4-15-1(a), notice is hereby given that the Georgia Department of Agriculture Animal Industry Division will be considering amending Departmental Rule 40-13-14-.03 relating to the Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant Program.  The Department will be accepting written comments from August 3, 2012, to close of business (4:30 p.m. EDT) on September 4, 2012. 

Synopsis, Main Features and Differences:

In January 2012, the Department proposed rules regarding the promulgation of a Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant Program (“DCSGP”) to allow licensed municipal animal shelters and licensed nonprofit animal rescue organizations with 501(c)(3) status to apply for a grant to assist with sterilization procedures on animals that are owned or in the possession, custody or control of the municipal animal shelter or nonprofit animal rescue. The Department received ample comments in support of this program, and the final rule became effective on March 27, 2012. 

Recently, however, it was brought to the Department’s attention that the DCSGP would reach more animals if licensed municipal shelters and nonprofit animal rescues were allowed to offer subsidized spay and neuter procedures to the public via sterilization events or vouchers, which were specifically prohibited in the final rule.  Therefore, the Department is now proposing to delete this exemption and allow licensed municipal shelters and nonprofit animal rescues with 501(c)(3) status to apply for the DCSGP to request funding for subsidized spay and neuter events or vouchers.  The Department feels that this will increase the number of sterilization procedures that may be provided via the DCSGP and further help curb the dog and cat overpopulation statewide.  The proposed rule change will delete the provision that animals must be owned or in the possession, custody, or control of the municipal animal shelter or nonprofit animal rescue. 

Additionally, the proposed rule change will clarify the fact that the veterinarian performing all surgical procedures must use acceptable standards of care as provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines. 

Comment Period and Additional Information:

The Department will be accepting written comments from August 3, 2012, to close of business (4:30 p.m. EDT) on September 4, 2012.  Comments will be considered on September 5, 2012.  Please submit written comments to:

Dr. Robert Cobb, State Veterinarian

Georgia Department of Agriculture

19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Room 106

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Telephone: (404) 656-3671

Fax: (404) 657-1357

Interested persons may call or submit a written request to obtain a copy of the proposed rule.  A copy of the synopsis and the proposed rule may be downloaded from the Georgia Department of Agriculture website at www.agr.georgia.gov.

 

This notice is given in compliance with the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, O.C.G.A. § 50-13-4.

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