Citizens group organizes

ALBANY, Ga. -- At the request of the Albany City Commission, a special committee of appointed citizens met Friday to prepare to research and take up a controversial cat ordinance.

Six of the seven members of the Citizens Advisory Committee got an overview of the issue from Assistant City Manager Wes Smith, received a proposed report on the city's animal control ordinance and scheduled a follow-up meeting.

The committee has been convened at the request of the City Commission to provide a recommendation on a proposed amendment to Albany's current animal control ordinance that would end a decades-old policy that intentionally left cats out of the definition of animal in the ordinance.

If passed by the City Commission, the amendment would allow animal control officers to trap feral cats.

With its next meeting set for noon on Feb. 23, the committee is expected to return for full discussion of the ordinance.