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A stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2023, to discuss an animal ordinance that among other provisions seeks to establish overreaching requirements for individuals who may occasionally breed a single litter of puppies or kittens. As currently drafted, the proposed ordinance  would also require any individual who sells or transfers more than two dogs or cats over any timeframe to be licensed and regulated as a pet dealer. Also, information about the person who acquires the pet, including name, address, purchase price, and other details, would be required to be submitted to the county and made public record.

These county-level requirements would be in addition to Georgia state regulations that apply to breeders who produce more than one litter of puppies or kittens in a calendar year, to shelters, and to rescue organizations.

Per Commissioner Laura Semanson, only Forsyth County residents are invited to the meeting on 12/11/23.

Responsible pet owners, breeders, and individuals who might in the future choose to acquire their next pet within Forsyth County are urged to attend the meeting to assist in identifying animal issues in the county and ,if necessary, to help develop fair, effective, and enforceable measures.

Meeting Information:

Monday, December 11, 2023


110 East Main Street

Cumming, GA 30040

Large conference room on the second floor

For additional information, please contact AKC Government Relations at