Macon animal control officers have issued 96 warnings and 20 citations for animal tethering violations.
The assistant director of animal control, Paula Fuller, says the warnings and citations were issued between July and December last year.
City officials passed an ordinance banning the tethering of dogs and cats in February 2008. Officials gave pet owners an opportunity to build fences and dog pens between February and July before they began enforcing it.
The ordinance makes it illegal to leave a dog or cat tied up outside unless the pet owner also is outside.
Fuller says the ordinance was passed after animal control received numerous calls about chained dogs jumping over fences and hanging themselves.
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