The Fair Bluff town council will continue drafting its proposed animal control ordinance and re-address the issue at its August meeting, the board decided Wednesday. Council members voted to cancel their July meeting.
Officials believe as many as 75 stray dogs are roaming the town.
Fair Bluff’s dog ordinances haven’t been revised in decades, and law enforcement officers don’t think the language is adequate to convict offenders, according to Town Manager Al Leonard.
A lack of resources in the small town also creates a problem. Leonard explained the town can’t afford to hire a dog catcher, and only one police officer and two public works employees are on duty each weekday.
Council is considering requiring town residents to register their dogs. Town-issued tags would allow officers to quickly identify strays.