Volusia County has new rules for the treatment of cats and dogs

Volusia County has new rules for the treatment of cats and dogs

DELAND — If you have a dog or cat, you’ll probably want to get up to speed on Volusia County’s new animal control ordinance.

Adopted last week by the County Council, the new measure enacts everything from a prohibition on tethering animals for long periods of time to a ban on declawing cats. There’s also a ban on the retail sale of pets, as well as safeguards surrounding the mistreatment and abandonment of animals.

There’s a new protection from civil liability for people who damage a vehicle while breaking in to rescue an animal left in a locked car. The new county law also makes it unlawful to hide an animal because of a lack of proof of ownership, or to conceal it from an investigation.

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