City rules regarding animals will now be in line with Sacramento County's ordinance after the Galt City Council unanimously approved the new law Tuesday. This includes specific duties of animal control officers and impoundment procedures outlined in a 51-page document.
The county ordinance, which was introduced last month, will be incorporated into Galt's ordinance.
The last time the city updated its ordinance was in 1970, and it was done by incorporating the county's ordinance.
It is easier for animal control officers to have uniform rules when going from one jurisdiction the county contracts with to the next, according to City Attorney Steven Rudolph.
The city contracts with Sacramento County for animal control services. Lost pets, for example, are taken to the County of Sacramento Animal Care and Regulation office, 3839 Bradshaw Road, in Sacramento.
Under the ordinance, the Galt Police Department will continue to attempt to catch vicious dogs and hold them at the police station until the county animal department can retrieve them.
The police department also responds to barking dog complaints due to the proximity of the county animal control office, according to Police Chief William Bowen.
Last year, the county responded to Galt just over 365 times, he said.
"Hopefully one day we can be charge of our own destiny when it comes to animals, but that time is not now," Vice Mayor Marylou Powers said. "We do have to adopt what (the county's) rules are since we contract them out."
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